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 For all the cross-franchise friendships and talk about a brotherhood, the NBA is no place for a kid. Joe Freeman, oregonlive, "Damian Lillard outside the bubble, Hassan Whiteside a ‘boom-or-bust’ free agent, Lakers cry foul over LeBron fouling: NBA playoffs news and notes," 24 Sep. 2020 Even those with ambitions beyond modeling — like Elizabeth Siddal, probably the most famous Pre-Raphaelite muse, a talented painter and poet in her own right — could never quite escape the gravitational pull of the brotherhood’s fame. Randy Kennedy, New York Times, "A Pandemic-Appropriate Show Ends Its Run in a Newport Cemetery," 24 Sep. 2020 Fifty years later, the movie’s message that brotherhood and love needn’t be defined by skin color still resonates. Dan Wiederer,, "Remembering Gale Sayers: Chicago Bears leaders, teammates and fans honor the ‘Kansas Comet’ after his death," 23 Sep. 2020 It’s not just the championship for Cosmi but the circumstances and a sense of brotherhood. Chuck Carlton, Dallas News, "‘We’re starving’: Instead of opting out, Texas players are all-in as they continue push to end Big 12 title drought," 9 Sep. 2020 It’s that sense of brotherhood that resonated most with Feinstein. René A. Guzman,, "San Antonio teen featured in Apple TV+ documentary ‘Boys State’," 11 Aug. 2020 Words of brotherhood, unity and economic empowerment filled the air. Christine Fernando, The Indianapolis Star, "'It’s about unity and brotherhood': At Statehouse, a call to empower Black men and boys," 8 Aug. 2020 The researchers suggest that the houses in which the murals were found once belonged to key community members—perhaps members of what were known as the cofradías, or brotherhood. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Renovations Reveal Rare Maya Murals Hidden in Guatemalan Home," 11 June 2020 On that front, try one of the many Grenaches dedicated to brotherhood and then salute Uncle John Saarloos with a sip of Courage, the Cabernet Sauvignon made in his honor. Matt Kettmann,, "Saarloos is the fun-loving winery you’ve always dreamed of," 23 June 2020

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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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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