1. an association of people who share common beliefs or activities
- the church welcomed new members into its fellowship
Similar word(s): family
2. the state of being with someone
3. money granted (by a university or foundation or other agency) for advanced study or research
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.