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. Gary Dvorchak:

    It's not like they're singling the U.S. out for friendship, in fact they're probably not, it's very much about China and China celebrating itself, as it should be. It's just nice to be in it.

  2. Dag Hammarskjöld:

    Every deed and every relationship is surrounded by an atmosphere of silence. Friendship needs no words -- it is solitude delivered from the anguish of loneliness.

  3. Thomas Jefferson:

    But friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life and thanks to a benevolent arrangement of things, the greater part of life is sunshine.

  4. Samuel Taylor Coleridge:

    Sympathy constitutes friendship but in love there is a sort of antipathy, or opposing passion. Each strives to be the other, and both together make up one whole.

  5. Maithripala Sirisena:

    My government is promoting peace and friendship among our people after overcoming a cruel terrorist conflict. We have people who believe in religious tolerance and coexistence based on centuries old religious heritage.

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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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