brotherhood

noun broth·er·hood \ ˈbrə-t͟hər-ˌhu̇d \
Updated on: 11 Nov 2017

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

Examples of brotherhood in a Sentence

  1. they're a brotherhood of retired war veterans

  2. a family that has been part of the brotherhood of police officers for four generations

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Origin and Etymology of brotherhood

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

BROTHERHOOD Defined for English Language Learners

brotherhood

noun

Definition of brotherhood for English Language Learners

  • : feelings of friendship, support, and understanding between people

  • : a group or organization of people who have the same interests, jobs, etc.


BROTHERHOOD Defined for Kids

brotherhood

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

Definition of brotherhood for Students

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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