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mateship

[meyt-ship]
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noun
  1. the state of being a mate.
  2. Australian. a mode of conduct among Australian men that stresses equality, friendship, and solidarity.
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Origin of mateship

First recorded in 1585–95; mate1 + -ship
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Examples from the Web for mateship

Historical Examples

  • The Bedouin of tradition suggests the Anzac in his ideals of mateship and of stoicism.

    G. H. Q.

    Frank Fox

  • With its first great refinement, in becoming the fight for mateship, the combative instinct was still more valuable to evolution.

  • No one, who had lived under and seemed to accept the principle of mateship, had ever before done as Charley had done.

    The Black Opal

    Katharine Susannah Prichard


British Dictionary definitions for mateship

mateship

noun
  1. Australian the comradeship of friends, usually male, viewed as an institution
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