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[kuh m-pan-yuh n-ship] /kəmˈpæn yənˌʃɪp/
association as companion; fellowship.
Printing. a group of compositors working under a foreman.
Origin of companionship
First recorded in 1540-50; companion1 + -ship Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • She had gone to him for some measure of the companionship she had missed in losing her father.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • She would want his companionship and the stimulus of his mind, in hers.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • The lamp, my boy, is meat and drink to me, and companionship and a joy unspeakable.

    The Underdog F. Hopkinson Smith
  • You might say that she relied on her father alone for companionship.

    The Fortune Hunter Louis Joseph Vance
  • I thank him publicly for his companionship and his patriotism.

    The Uncommercial Traveller Charles Dickens
British Dictionary definitions for companionship


the relationship of friends or companions; fellowship
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for companionship

1540s, from companion + -ship.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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