- The state or relation of being or associate.
- Companionship of persons on equal and friendly terms; frequent and familiar intercourse."In a great town, friends are scattered, so that there is not that fellowship which is in less neighborhods." [Bacon.]"Men are made for society and mutual fellowship." [Calamy.]
- A state of being together; companionship; partnership; association; hence, confederation; joint interest."The great contention of the sea and skies Parted our fellowship." [Shak.]" Fellowship in pain divides not smart"Milton." Fellowship in woe doth woe assuage"Shak."The goodliest fellowship of famous knights, Whereof this world holds record." [Tennyson.]
- Those associated with one, as in a family, or a society; a company."The sorrow of Noah with his fellowship." [Chaucer.]"With that a joyous fellowship issued Of minstrels." [Spenser.]
- [Eng. & Amer. Universities] A foundation for the maintenance, on certain conditions, of a scholar called a fellow, who usually resides at the university.
- [Arith] The rule for dividing profit and loss among partners; -- called also partnership, company, and distributive proportion.
Etymology: Fellow + -ship