From Middle English felowschipe, felawshipe, felaȝschyp, equivalent to fellow + -ship; or perhaps adapted from Old Norse félagskapr, félagsskapr (“fellowship”). Compare Icelandic félagsskapur (“companionship, company, community”), Danish fællesskab (“fellowship”), Norwegian fellesskap (“fellowship”).
fellowship (countable and uncountable, plural fellowships)
- A company of people that share the same interest or aim.
- (dated) Company, companions; a group of people or things following another.
- A feeling of friendship, relatedness or connection between people.
- A merit-based scholarship.
- A temporary position at an academic institution with limited teaching duties and ample time for research; this may also be called a postdoc.
- (medicine) A period of supervised, sub-specialty medical training in the United States and Canada that a physician may undertake after completing a specialty training program or residency.
- (arithmetic, archaic) The proportional division of profit and loss among partners.
fellowship (third-person singular simple present fellowships, present participle fellowshipping or fellowshiping, simple past and past participle fellowshipped or fellowshiped)
- (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.
- (intransitive, now chiefly religious, especially in Canada, US) To join in fellowship; to associate with.