Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The quality or condition of being friends.
  • noun A friendly relationship.
  • noun Friendliness; good will.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Mutual liking and regard between persons, irreepective of sex; mutual interest based on intimate acquaintance and esteem; the feeling that moves persons to seek each other's society or to promote each other's welfare.
  • noun Desire for intercourse with or the welfare of another or others; personal favor or good will; amicable feeling or regard.
  • noun Congenial union of one with another or others; an individual relation of friendliness: as, to contract a friendship with a person: often in the plural.
  • noun An act of kindness or friendliness; friendly aid; help; relief.
  • noun Conformity; affinity; correspondence.
  • noun Synonyms Amity, fellowship, companionship, alliance.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The state of being friends; friendly relation, or attachment, to a person, or between persons; affection arising from mutual esteem and good will; friendliness; amity; good will.
  • noun obsolete Kindly aid; help; assistance
  • noun obsolete Aptness to unite; conformity; affinity; harmony; correspondence.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun uncountable The condition of being friends.
  • noun countable A friendly relationship.
  • noun uncountable Good will.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the state of being friends (or friendly)

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From friend +‎ -ship. Cognate with German Freundschaft, Dutch vriendschap, West Frisian freonskip.

Examples

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  • Do not the humble beast offend.

    His modest hopes instead, commend.

    For cannot a sandworm

    In amity stand firm

    And wriggle sweetly with a friend?

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