Definition of friendship in English:



  • 1[mass noun] The emotions or conduct of friends; the state of being friends.

    ‘old ties of love and friendship’
    ‘this is an ideal group for finding support and friendship’
    • ‘Real friendship is a rare and precious gift, strong, stable, yet fragile, and never to be taken for granted.’
    • ‘She had a great interest in people and valued friendship in a special way.’
    • ‘She said the only ones sometimes who teach us about friendship and love are the pupils in this school.’
    • ‘We know we are capable of love, loyalty and friendship, however much we fall short of our own standards.’
    • ‘Two people would trade their turbans to show love or friendship towards each other.’
    • ‘Name beads are the newest and most creative way to show your love and friendship.’
    • ‘It is incredibly cruel to think of siblings being kept apart and missing out on a lifetime of love and friendship that is theirs by right.’
    • ‘The film has a positive message because Bella does find friendship and love.’
    • ‘Yes, they say that your future partner is your best friend and that friendship can turn into love.’
    • ‘Lucky for you, it's something that can be shared through friendship and love.’
    • ‘Love and friendship are your source of strength when the going gets tough.’
    • ‘You confuse love and friendship, but you don't become over attached to friends or lovers.’
    • ‘It's a place where we can share our love and friendship with one another.’
    • ‘It was supposed to be full of love and passion and friendship, not coldness and distance.’
    • ‘I would rebrand it as a day of giving - giving time, giving attention, giving tokens of love and friendship.’
    • ‘Even if it is done in the spirit of goodwill and friendship it could be misconstrued.’
    • ‘Since their childhood they had been friends and their friendship blossomed into love.’
    • ‘In this comedy of friendship and love, Julia disguises herself as a boy, Sebastian.’
    • ‘The film is a comment on love, friendship and the struggle to create an individual sense of family.’
    • ‘She was a lady of generosity, love and friendship and of great intellectual ability and laity.’
    company, companionship, fellowship, comradeship, camaraderie, social intercourse
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    1. 1.1[count noun]A relationship between friends.
      ‘she formed close friendships with women’
      • ‘He had great friendships with the Sisters of Mercy who served in the school during his time there.’
      • ‘You betray relationships and friendships, and that's an unpleasant thing to do.’
      • ‘These types of bonds and friendships occur at every level of British society.’
      • ‘You were all terrific and I would love to continue our friendship with all of you.’
      • ‘It turns out that absorption in his work had left him no time for children, hobbies, or close friendships.’
      • ‘In a foreign country with no family around him, he cherished close friendships with both sexes.’
      • ‘Any close friendships or bonds that grow out of the events the women are planning will be a bonus, they say.’
      • ‘It was one of those friendships that was close enough that either of them could call in a favour when it was needed.’
      • ‘She said although some of the girls had never met before they bonded and forged friendships.’
      • ‘Personally, he was rather reserved and close friendships took time to develop.’
      • ‘I have enjoyed being a member of the team, the successes we had, the friendships and the camaraderie.’
      • ‘We have some very close friendships and I can't wait to play with them again.’
      • ‘You bring harmony in friendships and relationships with a light and playful attitude.’
      • ‘Whilst in Ghana he forged deep friendships and strong ties with the people there.’
      • ‘As time went on, things improved and I formed some close friendships with other boys.’
      • ‘It is believed the males involved are not connected to each other or the girl by family ties or close friendships.’
      • ‘As you'd expect, age has an effect on how close friendships are at college but no-one is isolated.’
      • ‘You can initiate a friendship by moving toward a prospective friend and starting a conversation.’
      • ‘Some of my closest friends in Brighton are gay and we truly had close friendships.’
      • ‘Expect plenty of handshaking, pictures of camaraderie and announcements of friendships.’
      relationship, friendly relationship, close relationship, attachment, mutual attachment, alliance, association, close association, bond, tie, link, union
      amity, camaraderie, friendliness, comradeship, companionship, fellowship, fellow feeling, closeness, affinity, rapport, understanding, harmony, unity
      intimacy, mutual affection
      cordial relations
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    2. 1.2A state of mutual trust and support between allied nations.
      ‘because of the friendship between our countries, we had a very frank exchange’
      ‘the foreign ministers extended to eastern Europe the hand of friendship’
      • ‘The purpose of the mission was to ask the French to establish an embassy in Ayutthaya and sign a treaty of friendship.’
      • ‘This is part of our endeavour to build and strengthen bridges of friendship with other countries.’
      • ‘China's friendship brings comfort because of the size of its economy, and its political clout.’
      • ‘The theme of this year's event was peace and friendship between China and Japan.’


Old English frēondscipe (see friend, -ship).