-ship
noun suffix Etymology: Middle English, from Old English -scipe; akin to Old High German -scaft -ship, Old English scieppan to shape — more at shape 1. state ; condition ; quality <
friendship
>
2. office ; dignity ; profession <
clerkship
>
3. art ; skill <
horsemanship
>
4. something showing, exhibiting, or embodying a quality or state <
township
>
<
fellowship
>
5. one entitled to a (specified) rank, title, or appellation <
his Lordship
>
6. the body of persons participating in a specified activity <
readership
>
<
listenership
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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