Definition of mateship in English:



Australian, NZ
  • [mass noun] Companionship or friendship, especially between men.

    ‘mateship began in the harsh world of the penal settlement’
    • ‘The traditional picture of Australia - the bush, mateship, Waltzing Matilda and so on - relates to a society which few Australians can remember and which is dying out even in the bush.’
    • ‘The sheep drovers reveal qualities of pragmatism, self-reliance, independence, mateship and solidarity, in an environment to be mastered and with resources to be exploited.’
    • ‘As Australians, we still see ourselves as holding dear the values of mateship and the fair go (equality).’
    • ‘He spent three years travelling around the Northern Territory capturing the moments of mateship, passion and kinship during the games.’
    • ‘Before coming to Australia, I was repeatedly told about the concept of mateship, the idea of coming to a friend's aid when the friend was in trouble.’
    • ‘Then we may be able to express the compassion and mateship that we pride ourselves on rather than the parochial bigotry that many now practise.’
    • ‘However from this disaster was born the image of the Aussie Digger, a brave and laconic battler, betrayed by the mother country but facing impossible odds with humour, courage and mateship.’
    • ‘Remembrance Day should be a day of ceremony and mateship for the Diggers who've earned the right to remember war as they see fit.’
    • ‘They're good friends and God knows Canberra is a place where mateship must be a very welcome thing.’
    • ‘To the rest of you, may I congratulate all Australians, and Sydneysiders in particular, for the comradeship and mateship I've seen everywhere I look.’
    • ‘It's a day we all remember mateship, honour, dignity and a perseverance under the most excruciating of circumstances.’
    • ‘It also gave me the ability to get some important training, and work with big beefy blokes who are the embodiment of Aussie mateship.’
    • ‘There's also a hint of social democracy in the attempt to link these values with fundamentally collectivist values such as ‘egalitarianism, mateship, fairness’.’
    • ‘This year I felt our community demonstrated a strong sense of pride on Australia Day and celebrated the values of freedom and democracy, mateship and volunteerism.’
    • ‘We've always had a wonderful tradition in our country of mateship.’
    • ‘I don't want to sound excessively alarmist, because I do believe that in the end the quintessential Australian qualities of egalitarianism, the fair go and mateship and so on will come out on top.’
    • ‘With such deft touches, he simultaneously invokes Australian ideas of mateship, individuality, colonial innocence and a mood of melancholy sacrifice.’
    • ‘Herein lies the ultimate embodiment of mateship, of camaraderie, all framed by the deep and rich traditions of the Victorian Railways.’
    • ‘If you love your job, it's a buzz and there's a real sense of mateship and camaraderie with the crew.’
    • ‘No wonder we can't get a satisfactory definition of what it means to be Australian when we waffle on about a fair go, tolerance and mateship.’