broth·​er·​ly | \ ˈbrə-t͟hər-lē How to pronounce brotherly (audio) \

Definition of brotherly

1 : of or relating to brothers
2 : natural or becoming to brothers : affectionate brotherly love

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Other Words from brotherly

brotherliness noun
brotherly adverb

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Examples of brotherly in a Sentence

He gave his sister a brotherly hug. He received brotherly support from his fellow priests.
Recent Examples on the Web As strong winds across the Ur Plains lifted the red carpets in the air and blew sand over a small crowd and several empty seats, Francis made an unadulterated cry for peace and brotherly love. New York Times, "Pope Francis Meets Iraq’s Top Ayatollah as Both Urge Peace," 6 Mar. 2021 The final break completes a dramatic journey for the couple, whose fairytale wedding quickly went off script amid rumors of a brotherly rift and a tabloid onslaught, which Meghan's supporters say often veered into racist harassment and bullying. NBC News, "Prince Harry says 'toxic' British media drove him and Meghan to exit royal family," 26 Feb. 2021 His message of love and peace and universal brotherly love have inspired and helped so many. Paul Grein, Billboard, "Stevie Wonder to Receive Israel's Wolf Prize," 10 Feb. 2021 But the dynamic in the room isn’t entirely brotherly. John Anderson, WSJ, "‘One Night in Miami’ Review: A Gathering of Greats," 14 Jan. 2021 So by the time Ivar insisted on taking Hvitserk’s place on the battlefield against Wessex, viewers had been primed not only to understand Ivar’s unexpected display of brotherly love but to mourn for his death when a nameless soldier took his life. Sadie Gennis, Vulture, "Vikings’ Most Memorable Deaths, As Chosen by Its Creator," 11 Jan. 2021 The City of Brotherly Love has nothing but brotherly love for Jenkins. Rod Walker,, "Welcome home, Malcolm Jenkins: Saints' safety anticipates return to Philadelphia," 11 Dec. 2020 Barry is now the sole survivor, an almost mythologically lonely coda for a man whose superstardom was built on brotherly harmony. Wesley Stace, WSJ, "The Bee Gees: So Much Drama," 4 Dec. 2020 How damaged is the brotherly bond between Kevin (Justin Hartley) and Randall (Sterling K. Brown) after that fight? Dan Snierson,, "First This Is Us season 5 photos show tense Big Three birthday reunion," 20 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of brotherly

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Brotherly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of brotherly

: showing or suggesting the love and closeness of a brother


broth·​er·​ly | \ ˈbrə-t͟hər-lē How to pronounce brotherly (audio) \

Kids Definition of brotherly

1 : of or relating to brothers

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