brotherhood

noun
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

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In The Dead Don’t Die, Jarmusch’s hipster sense of brotherhood is an assertion of perpetual liberal schmaltz. Armond White, National Review, "The Dead Don’t Die: Climate-Change Comedy for the Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez Era," 14 June 2019 There is a brotherhood in arms between us and our friends of the United States. Heather Timmons, Quartz, "The Queen’s gift to Trump is a set of history books with a pointed message," 4 June 2019 Their distinctive headdress, known as the capirote, is the same design as the one historically used among Catholic brotherhoods in Spain. Alejandra Rajal, National Geographic, "Behind one of the largest Holy Week processions in Latin America," 18 Apr. 2019 The Warriors attacked the mission as a full-on brotherhood, so strong that at the bitter end — a Finals Game 6 loss that easily could have gone the other way — basketball had become secondary. Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, "The Warriors’ season crashed, but it was one to remember," 15 June 2019 In indie film culture, making enemies is more important than brotherhood — or citizenship, or entertainment. Armond White, National Review, "The Dead Don’t Die: Climate-Change Comedy for the Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez Era," 14 June 2019 This is the most difficult time in U.S. history to be a good father Bush sees the 4 Your Child initiative as a brotherhood because the fathers who go through it end up building relationships with one another, as well as with their children. Morgan Watkins, The Courier-Journal, "'Venting and getting knowledge.' How Kentucky dads can learn skills to connect with kids," 14 June 2019 The brotherhood brings Catelyn back with a magical kiss from Beric Dondarrion. Stacey Leasca, Glamour, "'Game of Thrones' Fans Think Catelyn Stark Could Return as Lady Stoneheart Still," 21 Apr. 2019 The Aussie brotherhood is strong, but Nalbandian had plenty of good Argentine vibes coming his way, too: Do it for the clay-court players, his buddies might have said. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "In Tennis, the Backward Cap Makes No Sense. Nevertheless, It Persists.," 19 Jan. 2018

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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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brotherhood

noun

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.

brotherhood

noun
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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