brotherhood

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noun broth·er·hood \ˈbrə-thər-ˌhu̇d\

Definition of brotherhood

  1. 1 :  the quality or state of being brothers

  2. 2 :  fellowship, alliance

  3. 3 :  an association (such as a labor union or monastic society) for a particular purpose

  4. 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

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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

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noun broth·er·hood \ˈbrə-thər-ˌhu̇d\

Definition of brotherhood for Students

  1. 1 :  the state of being a brother

  2. 2 :  a group of people who are engaged in the same business or have a similar interest

  3. 3 :  feelings of friendship, support, and understanding between people



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