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  1. the state of being a member, as of a society or club.
  2. the status of a member.
  3. the total number of members belonging to an organization, society, etc.

Origin of membership

First recorded in 1640–50; member + -ship Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for membership

enrollment, participation, body, group, club, company, society, association

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British Dictionary definitions for membership


  1. the members of an organization collectively
  2. the state of being a member
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Word Origin and History for membership

1640s, "state of being a member," from member + -ship. Meaning "number of members" is from 1850.

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