What does Friendship mean?

Definitions for Friendship
ˈfrɛnd ʃɪpFriend·ship

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. friendship, friendly relationshipnoun

    the state of being friends (or friendly)


  1. friendshipnoun

    The condition of being friends.

  2. friendshipnoun

    A friendly relationship.

  3. friendshipnoun

    Good will.

  4. Etymology: Cognate with German Freundschaft, Dutch vriendschap, West Frisian freonskip.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Friendshipnoun

    Etymology: vriendschap, Dutch.

    There is little friendship in the world, and least of all between equals, which was wont to be magnified: that that is, is between superior and inferior, whose fortunes may comprehend the one the other. Francis Bacon, Essay 49.

    He lived rather in a fair intelligence than any friendship with the favourites. Edward Hyde.

    My sons, let your unseemly discord cease,
    If not in friendship, live at least in peace. John Dryden, Ind. Emp.

    His friendships, still to few confin’d,
    Were always of the middling kind. Jonathan Swift.

    Raw captains are usually sent only preferred by friendship, and not chosen by sufficiency. Edmund Spenser, on Ireland.

    Gracious, my lord, hard-by here is a hovel:
    Some friendship will it lend you ’gainst the tempest;
    Repose you there. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    We know those colours which have a friendship with each other, and those which are incompatible, in mixing together those colours of which we would make trial. John Dryden, Dufresnoy.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Friendshipnoun

    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

  2. Friendshipnoun

    kindly aid; help; assistance,

  3. Friendshipnoun

    aptness to unite; conformity; affinity; harmony; correspondence

  4. Etymology: [AS. frendscipe. See Friend, and -ship.]


  1. Friendship

    Friendship is a relationship of mutual affection between two or more people. Friendship is a stronger form of interpersonal bond than an acquaintanceship. Friendship has been studied in academic fields such as sociology, social psychology, anthropology, and philosophy. Various academic theories of friendship have been proposed, including social exchange theory, equity theory, relational dialectics, and attachment styles. Although there are many forms of friendship, some of which may vary from place to place, certain characteristics are present in many types of friendship. Such characteristics include affection, sympathy, empathy, honesty, altruism, mutual understanding and compassion, enjoyment of each other's company, trust, and the ability to be oneself, express one's feelings, and make mistakes without fear of judgment from the friend. While there is no practical limit on what types of people can form a friendship, friends tend to share common backgrounds, occupations, or interests, and have similar demographics.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. friendship

    1. Something that by any other name would be as brittle. 2. A tacit agreement between two enemies to work together for common swag. 3. The aspiration to boredom. 4. To do unto some one that which you would not allow him to do unto you.

Editors Contribution

  1. friendship

    The relationship of being a friend.

    Our friendships are for life.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 30, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Friendship' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4377

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Friendship' in Nouns Frequency: #1611

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Friendship in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Friendship in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of Friendship in a Sentence

  1. Aristotle:

    Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is slow-ripening fruit.

  2. Charles Caleb Colton:

    True friendship is like sound health; the value of it is seldom known until it be lost.

  3. Mark Wu:

    It would be a much more dramatic step to declare China to be an enemy power with which the U.S. is at war, given the president has at times touted his friendship with and respect for President Xi (Jinping), that would amount to an overt declaration, while IEEPA would allow the Trump administration to take similar actions without as large of a diplomatic cost.

  4. Mignon McLaughlin:

    I'm always there to tell people that their life is not that bad. I wish it was easy to follow that advice It is important to our friends to believe that we are unreservedly frank with them, and important to friendship that we are not.

  5. Steve Tesich:

    No birth certificate is issued when friendship is born. There is nothing tangible. There is just a feeling that your life is different and that your capacity to love and care has miraculously been enlarged with out any effort on your part. It's like having a tiny apartment and somebody moves in with you. But instead of becoming cramped and crowded, the space expands, and you discover rooms you never knew you had until your friend moved in with you.

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    Friendship reflects the finest relationship of love & respect between one and all - without malice & prejudice….probably the best definition to keep the mankind united and going: one world one people.
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causing disapproval or protest
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