from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • suffix Quality, state, or condition: scholarship.
  • suffix Something that shows or possesses a quality, state, or condition: courtship.
  • suffix Rank, status, or office: professorship.
  • suffix Art, skill, or craft: penmanship.
  • suffix A collective body: readership.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • suffix Appended to a noun to form a new noun denoting a property or state of being.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • A suffix denoting state, office, dignity, profession, or art; as in lordship, friendship, chancellorship, stewardship, horsemanship.


Middle English, from Old English -scipe.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English -sciepe ("state"). (Wiktionary)


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