[ meyt-ship ]

  1. the state of being a mate.

  2. Australian. a mode of conduct among Australian men that stresses equality, friendship, and solidarity.

Origin of mateship

First recorded in 1585–95; mate1 + -ship

Words Nearby mateship Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use mateship in a sentence

  • 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) /

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

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