friendship Definition

  • 1the emotions or conduct of friends; the state of being friends
  • 2a relationship between friends

Using friendship: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "friendship" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    Their friendship began in college.

  • Example

    She values her friendships more than anything else.

  • Example

    He ended his friendship with her after the argument.

  • Example

    Friendship is the foundation of any good relationship.

friendship Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for friendship

Idioms Using friendship

  • make friends

    to become friends with someone


    She quickly made friends with her new classmates.

  • friends in high places

    people who have important positions and can help you


    He was able to get the job because he had friends in high places.

  • a fair-weather friend

    a person who is only a friend in good times and not in bad times


    She realized that he was just a fair-weather friend when he didn't support her during a difficult time.

Phrases with friendship

  • strike up a friendship

    to start a friendship


    They struck up a friendship while waiting in line.

  • a friendship that is genuine and sincere


    Their true friendship has lasted for over a decade.

  • a bracelet made by one person and given to another as a symbol of their friendship


    She made a friendship bracelet for her best friend's birthday.

Origins of friendship

from Old English 'freondscipe', meaning 'friendship'


Summary: friendship in Brief

The term 'friendship' [ˈfren(d)ʃɪp] refers to the emotions, conduct, and relationship between friends. It encompasses the qualities of camaraderie, companionship, and amity, and is often valued above all else. Phrases like 'strike up a friendship' and idioms like 'friends in high places' highlight the importance of making and maintaining friendships, while 'a fair-weather friend' denotes a negative aspect of friendship.

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