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 English Vocabulary for ESL learners 


NOUNS ending in -SHIP

The suffix 'ship' added to a noun.


The suffix 'ship' added to a noun indicates status, quality, profession or rank.
Here are some examples:

  • APPRENTICESHIP
    The position of an apprentice or the time served as an apprentice.

  • CHAMPIONSHIP
    A contest for the position of champion in a game or sport.

  • CRAFTMANSHIP
    The skill in a craft or the quality of something made by hand.

  • CITIZENSHIP
    The status of being a citizen in a country.

  • DICTATORSHIP
    Governed by a dictator; a totalitarian state.

  • FRIENDSHIP
    The state of being friends.

  • HORSEMANSHIP
    The skill or art of riding on horseback.

  • INTERNSHIP
    The position of a student or trainee to gain work experience.

  • KINSHIP
    Family relationship, or a feeling of being close to someone.

  • LEADERSHIP
    The action of leading or commanding a group or organisation.

  • MASTERSHIP
    Expert skill or knowledge, or be in control of something.

  • MEMBERSHIP
    The state of belonging to an organisation, group or club.

  • OWNERSHIP
    The act of possessing something or being the proprietor.

  • PARTNERSHIP
    An association of two or more people as partners.

  • PENMANSHIP
    The art or skill of writing by hand.

  • READERSHIP
    The number of readers of a newspaper, magazine, book, etc.

  • RELATIONSHIP
    The way in which two or more people or things are connected.

  • SCHOLARSHIP
    Academic study; payment to support a student’s education.

  • SPORTSMANSHIP
    Fair behaviour, especially in a sporting contest.

  • WORKMANSHIP
    Degree of skill with which something is made.

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