broth·​er·​hood ˈbrə-t͟hər-ˌhu̇d How to pronounce brotherhood (audio)
: the quality or state of being brothers
: an association (such as a labor union or monastic society) for a particular purpose
: the whole body of persons engaged in a business or profession

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
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Word History


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

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Brotherhood.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


broth·​er·​hood ˈbrət͟h-ər-ˌhu̇d How to pronounce brotherhood (audio)
: the state of being brothers or a brother
: an association of people for a particular purpose
: the persons engaged in the same business or profession

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