from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The post of mate on a ship; a posting as mate.
  • n. A type of contract between ships to cooperate and share the proceeds of an expedition.
  • n. Fellowship; companionship.
  • n. Friendship, particularly between men, such as develops in shared adversity; solidarity.
  • n. A relationship based on mating.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Fellowship; companionship.


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From mate +‎ -ship. Cognate with Dutch maatschap ("partnership").


  • Do we think that other countries don't exhibit the same characteristics towards each other that we call mateship?

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  • a national culture of "mateship" - not least because a woman has been brought in to shepherd the incumbent's politics, which were increasingly losing grip with the electorate.

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  • I can't help but wonder if the humor and exuberance for life, that permeates the Aussie culture, finds some of its roots in this convict past where "mateship" meant everything.

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  • I just think it's interesting that the same interaction that has sparked so much talk about their running "mateship" is also one that contains unambiguous cues to dominance.

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  • He shares his wisdom on subjects such as mateship, self confidence, discipline and family values, and throughout the text endeavours to put across a message he believes is applicable to everybody.

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  • They spoke of five years of friendship - what John Howard would sickeningly dub "mateship", and what most female friends would simply call "love".

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  • And of course in the grand Aussie tradition of "mateship" *puke*, there was the wonderful company of Ms Lili, Mistress Corredina, Ms Snazzles sadly briefly, Madame Mu, Mr Duncan and Ms Sophie.

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  • Our mantras are 'fair go for all', 'mateship' and 'little Aussie battler' - but we still publicly condemn those with different viewpoints to us.

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  • Our PM Johnny Howard, bless his stumpy legs, sez we’re all real mates – that the notion of mateship is what makes us stronger than a mob drunks.

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  • Fly V Australia Director Sportif Henk Vogels said the victory could not have been achieved without the incredible "mateship" that exists among the Fly V Australia riders, management and staff. | Attitude is Everything


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