Definition of friendship in English:

friendship

noun

  • 1The emotions or conduct of friends; the state of being friends.

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

Origin

Old English frēondscipe (see friend, -ship).

Pronunciation

friendship

/ˈfren(d)SHip//ˈfrɛn(d)ʃɪp/