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    words with "ship" as suffix

    What does "ship" mean in words like "owernship", "township", "leadership", "traineship" ?

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    Re: words with "ship" as suffix

    I am not a teacher.

    In the words 'ownership', 'township' and leadership' it doesn't mean anything in itself, but it is used to form nouns of various sorts. See here for more details.

    It has Germanic origins, (so you won't find a real equivalent in French) and exists in modern Dutch as the suffix 'schap' with the same usage as in English.

    'Traineship' isn't a word.

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    Re: words with "ship" as suffix

    This is from the Online Etymology Dictionary. The suffix "ship" denotes a state or condition of being.

    -ship word-forming element meaning "quality, condition; act, power, skill; office, position; relation between," Middle English -schipe, from Old English -sciepe, Anglian -scip "state, condition of being," from Proto-Germanic *-skapaz (cognates: Old Norse -skapr, Danish -skab, Old Frisian -skip, Dutch -schap, German -schaft), from *skap- "to create, ordain, appoint," from PIE root *(s)kep- (see shape (v.)).

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