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.

Origin of fellowship

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

Synonyms for fellowship

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Examples from the Web for fellowship

Contemporary Examples of fellowship

Historical Examples of fellowship

  • We sense the call of the human heart for fellowship, fraternity, and cooperation.

  • She saw it was reasonable: what fellowship can light have with darkness, or love with starvation?

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • It lay partly in the bearing fruit, partly in the fellowship which made that possible.

    Pax Vobiscum

    Henry Drummond

  • It is a law of that fellowship that what is right and legitimate for me is right and legitimate for the other fellow also.

  • That there are defects in this gospel and programme of American fellowship, every one is aware.

British Dictionary definitions for fellowship



the state of sharing mutual interests, experiences, activities, etc
a society of people sharing mutual interests, experiences, activities, etc; club
companionship; friendship
the state or relationship of being a fellow
  1. mutual trust and charitableness between Christians
  2. a Church or religious association
  1. a financed research post providing study facilities, privileges, etc, often in return for teaching services
  2. a foundation endowed to support a postgraduate research student
  3. an honorary title carrying certain privileges awarded to a postgraduate student
(often capital) the body of fellows in a college, university, etc
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Word Origin and History for fellowship

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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