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)