[ meyt-ship ]
/ ˈmeɪt ʃɪp /
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the state of being a mate.
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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Example sentences from the Web for mateship

  • 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
  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for mateship

/ (ˈmeɪtʃɪp) /


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