• (RP) IPA: /ˈfɛləʃɪp/, /ˈfɛləʊʃɪp/
  • (GA) IPA: /ˈfɛləʃɪp/, /ˈfɛloʊʃɪp/


  1. A company of people that share the same interest or aim.
    The Fellowship of the Ring
  2. (dated) Company, companions; a group of people or things following another.
    • c. 1603–1606, [William Shakespeare], […] His True Chronicle Historie of the Life and Death of King Lear and His Three Daughters. […] (First Quarto), London: Printed for Nathaniel Butter, […], published 1608, OCLC 54196469 ↗, [Act III, scene v] ↗:
      {...}}But then the mind much ſufferance doth or'e ſcip, / When griefe hath mates,and bearing fellowſhip : / How light and portable my paine ſeemes now, / When that which makes me bend, makes the King bow, / He childed as I fathered,Tom away, / Marke the high noyſes and thy ſelfe bewray,{{...}
  3. A feeling of friendship, relatedness or connection between people.
  4. A merit-based scholarship.
  5. A temporary position at an academic institution with limited teaching duties and ample time for research; this may also be called a postdoc.
  6. (medicine) A period of supervised, sub-specialty medical training in the United States and Canada that a physician may undertake after completing a specialty training program or residency.
  7. (arithmetic, archaic) The proportional division of profit and loss among partners.
Translations Translations Verb

fellowship (fellowships, present participle fellowshipping; past and past participle fellowshipped)

  1. (transitive) To admit to fellowship, enter into fellowship with; to make feel welcome by showing friendship or building a cordial relationship. Now only in religious use.
    The Bishop's family fellowshipped the new converts.
    The Society of Religious Snobs refused to fellowship the poor family.
    • circa 1524 Sidney John Hervon Herrtage (editor), The early English versions of the Gesta Romanorum, first edition (1879), anthology, published for The Early English Text Society by N. Trübner & Co., translation of Gesta Romanorum by anon., xxxiv. 135, (Harl. MS. c.1440), page 135 ↗:
      Then pes seynge hir sistris alle in acorde...she turnid ayene; For whenne contencions & styf wer' cessid, then pes was felashipid among hem.
      Then Peace saw her sisters all in accord...she turned again; for when contentions and strife were ceased, then Peace was fellowshipped among them.
  2. (intransitive, now, chiefly, religious, especially, in North America) To join in fellowship; to associate with.
    The megachurch he attends is too big for making personal connections, so he also fellowships weekly in one of the church's small groups.
    After she got married, she stopped fellowshipping with the singles in our church.
    • circa 1410 Hans Kurath quoting Nicholas Love (translator), The Mirror of the Blessed Life of Jesus Christ, fifth edition (1989), quoted in Middle English Dictionary, translation of Meditationes Vitae Christi by Pseudo-Bonaventura, (Gibbs MS. c.1400), page 463 ↗:
      Oure lorde Jesu came in manere of a pilgrym and felauschipped [Aldh felischippede] with hem.
      Our lord Jesus came in the manner of a pilgrim and fellowshipped with them.

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