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

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 But the brotherly duo confirmed during an appearance on the Happy Sad Confused podcast that season 5 will be set entirely in Hawkins. Nick Romano,, 5 July 2022 Jon, 16, a 6-5 sophomore, injured his ankle in the first game this season and is expected back this week, giving the Normans a formidable brotherly duo. Eric Sondheimer Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 3 Jan. 2022 On Friday night at Summerfest, JoJo showed off her splendid voice, Charli XCX turned her show into a rave, and The Black Crowes displayed a musical form of brotherly love. Journal Sentinel, 9 July 2022 Tony nominee Hawkins and Emmy winner Abdul-Mateen II will star in the show, described as a darkly comic fable of brotherly love and family identity, as brothers Lincoln and Booth — names given to the duo as a joke by their father. Abbey White, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 June 2022 For some residents, that brotherly bond has also helped improve the mayor’s image. Washington Post, 10 Apr. 2022 This was not good for citizenship or brotherly love. Richard Brookhiser, National Review, 3 Mar. 2022 That unit will be tested by the Notre Dame attack duo and brotherly pair of Pat (four goals and four assists) and Chris Kavanagh (four goals and two assists). Edward Lee,, 25 Feb. 2022 The exact same brotherly ties between Ukraine and Russia that Putin wrote about in an essay on their historical unity may cause a significant number of Russians to recoil if the war becomes long, or particularly bloody. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, 25 Feb. 2022 See More

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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 13 Aug. 2022.

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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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