brotherhood

noun
broth·​er·​hood | \ˈbrə-t͟hər-ˌhu̇d \

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

Keep scrolling for more

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

Who, besides Zane Grey and Louis L’Amour and a forgotten brotherhood of pulp novelists? Lawrence Downes, New York Times, "A Debut Novel. A Tiny Press. A Pulitzer Finalist.," 2 May 2018 By Joseph Crespino Basic, 248 pages, $27 A.C. Lee, like many leaders in the Jim Crow South, didn’t grasp the race question as a clear choice between bigotry or brotherhood. Danny Heitman, WSJ, "‘Atticus Finch: The Biography’ Review: The Writer, Her Father and Atticus Finch," 10 May 2018 The sense of brotherhood and togetherness was powerful among those successful 49ers squads, and the former teammates intimately aided Clark in buttoning his shirt and helped him in and out of his wheelchair. Tribune News Service, OregonLive.com, "Former 49er Dwight Clark, whose catch will live forever, dies of ALS at 61," 4 June 2018 Like just about every other country in the ’60s, the former Soviet Union was home to a hippie culture of peace, love and brotherhood — when it wasn’t being persecuted by the Soviet state. Carolina A. Miranda, latimes.com, "Datebook: Shots of old Route 66, dreamlike paintings and garments fashioned from paper," 12 July 2018 The two men’s joyous initial expressions of kinship and brotherhood deftly set up all that follows. Marcus Crowder, San Francisco Chronicle, "Athol Fugard’s apartheid drama ‘Lesson From Aloes’ in S.F. just brilliant," 8 June 2018 The kids’ inclusion affirmed the festival’s emphasis on rock-and-roll brotherhood. Bill Brownlee, kansascity, "Rockfest at the Kansas Speedway draws 30,000 — a big, loud, happy family," 3 June 2018 But won’t ever go away is that feeling, that brotherhood in the locker room. Drew Davison, star-telegram, "In his own words: Jason Witten's full retirement speech | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 3 May 2018 Betts feels the Allmans' sense of brotherhood always won out over any disputes between the band members. Gary Graff, Billboard, "Dickey Betts Explains Calling Off Retirement, Continuing the Allman Brothers Band's Legacy," 21 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'brotherhood.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about brotherhood

Share brotherhood

Statistics for brotherhood

Last Updated

9 Nov 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for brotherhood

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

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for brotherhood

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 \

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

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on brotherhood

What made you want to look up brotherhood? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a soft lustrous wool fabric with mohair

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Late Autumn 2018 Words of the Day Quiz

  • frosted-autumn-leaves
  • Which is a synonym of yahoo?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!