fellowship

[ fel-oh-ship ]
/ ˈfɛl oʊˌʃɪp /

noun

verb (used with object), fel·low·shipped or fel·low·shiped, fel·low·ship·ping or fel·low·ship·ing.

to admit to fellowship, especially religious fellowship.

verb (used without object), fel·low·shipped or fel·low·shiped, fel·low·ship·ping or fel·low·ship·ing.

to join in fellowship, especially religious fellowship.

Nearby words

  1. fellow traveller,
  2. fellow-feeling,
  3. fellow-servant rule,
  4. fellowly,
  5. fellowman,
  6. felly,
  7. felo de se,
  8. felo-de-se,
  9. felon,
  10. felonious

Origin of fellowship

First recorded in 1150–1200, fellowship is from the Middle English word felaweshipe. See fellow, -ship

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British Dictionary definitions for fellowship

fellowship

/ (ˈfɛləʊˌʃɪp) /

noun

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Word Origin and History for fellowship

fellowship

n.

c.1200, feolahschipe "companionship," from fellow + -ship. In Middle English it was at times a euphemism for "sexual intercourse" (carnal fellowship).

To fellowship with is to hold communion with; to unite with in doctrine and discipline. This barbarism now appears with disgusting frequency in the reports of ecclesiastical conventions, and in the religious newspapers generally. [Bartlett, "Dictionary of Americanisms," 1848]
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