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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Friend"ship
  1. The state of being friends; friendly relation, or attachment, to a person, or between persons; affection arising from mutual esteem and good will; friendliness; amity; good will."There is little friendship in the world." [Bacon.]"There can be no friendship without confidence, and no confidence without integrity." [Rambler.]"Preferred by friendship, and not chosen by sufficiency." [Spenser.]
  2. Kindly aid; help; assistance,(Obs)"Some friendship will it [a hovel] lend you gainst the tempest." [Shak.]
  3. Aptness to unite; conformity; affinity; harmony; correspondence.(Obs)"Those colors . . . have a friendship with each other." [Dryden.]

Etymology: AS. freóndscipe. See Friend, and -ship

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The state of being friends (or friendly)

From Middle English frendshipe, frendschip, freondschipe, from Old English frēondscipe (“friendship”), equivalent to friend +‎ -ship. Cognate with Scots freindschip (“friendship”), West Frisian freonskip (“friendship”), Saterland Frisian Früündskup, Fjundskup (“friendship”), Dutch vriendschap (“friendship”), German Low German Fründschap (“friendship”), German Freundschaft (“friendship”).

  1. (uncountable) The condition of being friends.
  2. (countable) A friendly relationship, or a relationship as friends.
  3. (uncountable) Good will.

Notable Persons With the Last Name Friendship

Emily Friendship is a pop music, soul music, rhythm, and blues singing and songwriter. She was most prominent from 2005 to 2005. Emily was born on January 15th, 1979.


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Fun Facts about the name Friendship

  • When was the first name Friendship first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Friendship is Wednesday, August 10th, 1892.
  • How unique is the name Friendship? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Friendship. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Friendship: Your name in reverse order is Pihsdneirf. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Frdiipnseh. How do you pronounce that?

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Past life for Friendship born Oct 22, 1980

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Hungary approximately on 1825. Your profession was philosopher and thinker.

Psychologically, you were timid, constrained, and quiet. You had creative talents, waited until that life to be liberated. Sometimes environment considered you strange. Your main lesson in present - to develop magnanimity and feeling of brotherhood. Try to become less adhered to material property and learn to have only as many, as you may give back.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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