Try Our Apps


90s Slang You Should Know


[pahrt-ner-ship] /ˈpɑrt nərˌʃɪp/
the state or condition of being a partner; participation; association; joint interest.
  1. the relation subsisting between partners.
  2. the contract creating this relation.
  3. an association of persons joined as partners in business.
Origin of partnership
First recorded in 1570-80; partner + -ship
Related forms
prepartnership, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for partnership
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • We calculated to dissolve the partnership and strike out for ourselves elsewhere.

    On the Frontier Bret Harte
  • That partnership must be a partnership of peoples, not a mere partnership of governments.

  • I had been in partnership with Crinkett and wanted to get out of the thing, and go in altogether for Polyeuka.

    John Caldigate Anthony Trollope
  • The partnership between him and the government was not very distinct.

  • My own calculations at the moment were not very dissimilar; I was meditating a rupture of the partnership too.

    Arthur O'Leary Charles James Lever
British Dictionary definitions for partnership


  1. a contractual relationship between two or more persons carrying on a joint business venture with a view to profit, each incurring liability for losses and the right to share in the profits
  2. the deed creating such a relationship
  3. the persons associated in such a relationship
the state or condition of being a partner
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for partnership

1570s, from partner (n.) + -ship. In the commercial sense from c.1700.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
partnership in Culture

partnership definition

An association of two or more persons to conduct a business. In contrast to a corporation, those who engage in a partnership are liable for debts incurred by the company to the full extent of their private fortunes rather than merely to the extent of their investment.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for partnership

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for partnership

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for partnership