(noun, verb)


1. an association of people who share common beliefs or activities

- the church welcomed new members into its fellowship

Similar word(s): family

Definition categories: group, association

2. the state of being with someone

Similar word(s): companionship, company, society

Definition categories: state, friendship

3. money granted (by a university or foundation or other agency) for advanced study or research

Definition categories: possession, aid, assistance, award, prize


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, immigrant family.

2. (intransitive) To join in fellowship; to associate with. Now only in religious use, and chiefly U.S.

- 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.