brotherly

adjective
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

Synonyms for brotherly

Synonyms

fraternal

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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.

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But that won't stop royal fans from worrying about the magical brotherly bond that Prince Harry and Prince William always seemed to have. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "How Prince Harry's Relationship with Prince William Is Changing Amid the Kensington Palace Split," 22 Dec. 2018 Since the reality show's inception in 2011, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton have entertained audiences with their brotherly bond, sarcastic remarks, and plenty of teasing. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "'The Voice' Coach Blake Shelton Addresses His Rivalry With Kelly Clarkson," 10 Nov. 2018 Cole has a number of other killer ideas for specific scenes: Ophelia (Netta Walker) is playing video games with Laertes (Gregory Fenner) as the latter delivers his brotherly advice. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, "At Gift, a 'Hamlet' with all kinds of ambition," 13 June 2018 On some level, Gritty seems to embody the spirit of Philadelphia, a city known at once for brotherly love and for the beloved fictional boxer Rocky, the kind of working-class scrapper who has been embraced by a city full of working-class scrappers. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Gritty’s evolution from googly-eyed hockey mascot to meme to leftist avatar, explained," 24 Dec. 2018 An 18-second clip, tweeted out by Royal Central editor Charlie Proctor, shows Charles playing the brotherly prank on Anne. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Prince Charles Pranking Princess Anne Is the Best Thing You'll See Today," 8 Nov. 2018 But despite going their separate ways in some respects, hopefully there will still be plenty of opportunities to see their unique brotherly love in action from time to time. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Harry and Prince William Are Going Their Separate Ways, and They Plan to Split Kensington Palace," 28 Oct. 2018 Thus the North Korean dictator’s brotherly hugs and clasped hands with South Korea’s current president, Moon Jae-in, were almost as unimaginable here as the unlikely spectacle of the Trump-Kim summit scheduled for Tuesday in Singapore. Matt Stiles, latimes.com, "South Korea's president was matchmaker for the nuclear summit — but could take the blame if it fails," 7 June 2018 William and Harry had shared some adorable brotherly moments walking up to the church and waiting for Meghan, but William apparently really shone at the evening reception. Krystin Arneson, Glamour, "Here's Everything We Know About Harry and Meghan's Second Royal Wedding Reception," 20 May 2018

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First Known Use of brotherly

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

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The first known use of brotherly was before the 12th century

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More Definitions for brotherly

brotherly

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of brotherly

: showing or suggesting the love and closeness of a brother

brotherly

adjective
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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