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 In the meantime, there’s a few more brotherly battles to be had on the baseball diamond., "Close right to the end, O’Bryant’s Luke Maffeo gets best of matchup with twin brother," 23 Apr. 2021 Scherzinger thought of another brotherly trio, Hanson. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, "A 'Masked Singer' double-elimination: Tides turn for Crab and Seashell; Rita Wilson shows off rapping skills," 22 Apr. 2021 Concrete Cowboy filmed on location in the city of brotherly love — on Fletcher Street, to boot — to capture the equestrian lifestyle which could soon be stripped from the community. Ariana Brockington,, "The Riding Club That Inspired Concrete Cowboy Could Lose Everything," 5 Apr. 2021 There were sharp disagreements between King Hussein and Crown Prince Hassan, the brotherly duo who ruled the desert kingdom for decades. The Economist, "Uneasy lies the head A feud in Jordan’s royal family," 5 Apr. 2021 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

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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 7 May. 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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