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
Recent Examples on the Web Reaching out with a text at this time of the year, though, is not part of the brotherhood., 22 May 2021 Which in some ways lends itself to each character journey in the relationship, and the objective of finding that brotherhood. Derek Lawrence,, 30 Apr. 2021 In a normal year, Jacques Frank-Loron and his fellow Beta Theta Pi fraternity members would tailgate before Gophers football games, pair with sororities for date parties and bond during weekly brotherhood events. Ryan Faircloth, Star Tribune, 17 Oct. 2020 Ours was a brotherhood that transcended the facts of the Sharks vs. Jets neighborhood characteristics that still held forth. Jack Fowler, National Review, 28 Apr. 2021 Coach Hauge preached all year brotherhood, and games like this build it. Ben Thomas |, al, 7 May 2021 The group was rooted in a type of brotherhood, both real and performed. Hanif Abdurraqib, Rolling Stone, 5 May 2021 And to see that brotherhood form added something special to the movie. Derek Lawrence,, 30 Apr. 2021 The only reason Baylor's backcourt can't be considered a true brotherhood is the blood coursing through their veins. Dave Skretta, Chron, 4 Apr. 2021

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

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4 Jun 2021

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“Brotherhood.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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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.


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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