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

  • n. The quality or condition of being friends.
  • n. A friendly relationship: formed many new friendships over the summer.
  • n. Friendliness; good will: a policy of friendship toward other nations.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The condition of being friends.
  • n. A friendly relationship.
  • n. Good will.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.
  • n. Kindly aid; help; assistance
  • n. Aptness to unite; conformity; affinity; harmony; correspondence.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. 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.
  • n. Desire for intercourse with or the welfare of another or others; personal favor or good will; amicable feeling or regard.
  • n. 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.
  • n. An act of kindness or friendliness; friendly aid; help; relief.
  • n. Conformity; affinity; correspondence.
  • n. Synonyms Amity, fellowship, companionship, alliance.

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

  • n. the state of being friends (or friendly)

Etymologies

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

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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?

    October 30, 2014

  • Same context: sandworm.

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    October 30, 2014