From Middle English felowe, felawe, felage, from Old Norse félagi ("fellow, companion, associate, shareholder, colleague"), from félag, from the Germanic bases of two words represented in English by fee and law. Cognate with Scots falow, fallow, follow, Danish fælle ("companion"), Norwegian felle ("companion"), Faroese felagi ("member, partner"), Icelandic félagi ("comrade, mate").
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