broth·​er·​hood | \ ˈbrə-t͟hər-ˌhu̇d How to pronounce brotherhood (audio) \

Definition of brotherhood

1 : the quality or state of being brothers
3 : an association (such as a labor union or monastic society) for a particular purpose
4 : the whole body of persons engaged in a business or profession

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Examples of brotherhood in a Sentence

they're a brotherhood of retired war veterans a family that has been part of the brotherhood of police officers for four generations
Recent Examples on the Web Crowley escorted Webb around the Woody Hayes Athletic Center during his visit, showing him the ropes of the brotherhood. Robert Fenbers, cleveland, 24 June 2021 Their onscreen friendship was more of a brotherhood, rather than a relationship between best friends. Jessica Leon,, 21 June 2021 New laws don't necessarily help the mothers or children of fertility fraud — a sisterhood and brotherhood of uncertainty and pain. Kevin Mccoy, USA TODAY, 8 June 2021 The brotherhood at Covington Catholic has helped the players on its baseball team get through all the twists, turns and turmoil of the pandemic. James Weber, The Enquirer, 29 Apr. 2021 These ideas—of brotherhood and its supposedly unbreakable bonds—form the emotional foundation of the Fast franchise and have been consistently explored and interrogated even as the films started aiming higher with the stunts. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, 25 June 2021 But now, in addition to keeping the world safe, Vin Diesel’s muscular hero also has to deal with a broken brotherhood. Brian Truitt, USA Today, 24 June 2021 Back to the spirit of 10-second cars and tuna sandwiches, and headlong into the biblical terrain of tortured brotherhood — all while keeping an eye on the horizon. Los Angeles Times, 18 June 2021 With the track released in honor of Pride month, Zanders' lyrics focus on unity, sister and brotherhood, carrying each other, climbing mountains and getting stronger. Katie Bain, Billboard, 11 June 2021

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First Known Use of brotherhood

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for brotherhood

Middle English brotherhede, brotherhod, alteration of brotherrede, from Old English brōthorrǣden, from brōthor + rǣden condition — more at kindred entry 2

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The first known use of brotherhood was in the 13th century

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22 Jul 2021

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“Brotherhood.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of brotherhood

: feelings of friendship, support, and understanding between people
: a group or organization of people who have the same interests, jobs, etc.


broth·​er·​hood | \ ˈbrə-t͟hər-ˌhu̇d How to pronounce brotherhood (audio) \

Kids Definition of brotherhood

1 : the state of being a brother
2 : a group of people who are engaged in the same business or have a similar interest
3 : feelings of friendship, support, and understanding between people

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