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[kuh m-pan-yuh n-ship]
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  1. association as companion; fellowship.
  2. Printing. a group of compositors working under a foreman.
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Origin of companionship

First recorded in 1540–50; companion1 + -ship
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Related Words for companionship

camaraderie, togetherness, alliance, conviviality, affiliation, union, company, amity, comradeship, rapport, society

Examples from the Web for companionship

Contemporary Examples of companionship

Historical Examples of companionship

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for companionship


  1. the relationship of friends or companions; fellowship
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Word Origin and History for companionship


1540s, from companion + -ship.

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