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 The governor has given regular interviews to his brother since the outbreak began, often tinged with brotherly ribbing. Christian Berthelsen,, "Cuomo Says N.Y. Must Pool Resources; Death Toll Exceeds 1,500," 10 May 2020 The friendly battle, which started when Swizz and Tim had an impromptu brotherly song-for-song bout for fans on March 25th, pairs storied producers to trade hits for 20 rounds, while fans, artists and fellow producers cheer on from the comments. Naima Cochrane, Essence, "Hey Verzuz, Here's More Women You Can Put In The Game," 4 May 2020 The reader is invited to imagine, through the evocation of the brotherly bond, that Hunter might then succeed Beau. Fintan O’toole, The New York Review of Books, "The Designated Mourner," 7 Jan. 2020 Undoubtedly, there were seeds of brotherly love in your father’s domineering behavior. Philip Galanes, New York Times, "Is My Adult Son Too Old for House Rules?," 27 Feb. 2020 Ephrat Livni Kavanaugh joked about his brotherly rivalry with Neil Gorsuch, a longtime friend and now his senior on the court. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Kavanaugh jokes and gets choked up in his first speech as a SCOTUS justice," 15 Nov. 2019 After such smug sophistry, Stevenson and McMillan do a brotherly fist bump that Cresson clumsily frames behind a pitcher of water. Armond White, National Review, "Just Mercy Proves Art Is Not Activism," 24 Jan. 2020 The festival's seventh-edition will feature top billing from garage rock revivalist legends The Strokes, sing-along dance-pop queen Robyn, hip-hop's chess boxing royalty the Wu-Tang Clan, and brotherly house superduo Disclosure. Kat Bein, Billboard, "The Strokes, Wu-Tang Clan, Robyn, Disclosure & More Set For III Points 2020: Exclusive," 21 Jan. 2020 Hartley chirped in brotherly snark, which is only fitting because the pair play siblings Kate and Kevin Pearson on NBC's critical and ratings hit (Tuesday, 9 EST/PST). Bill Keveney, USA TODAY, "Chrissy Metz on how 'This Is Us' changed her life (but Justin Hartley supplied one answer)," 11 Jan. 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 30 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of brotherly

: showing or suggesting the love and closeness of a brother


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Kids Definition of brotherly

1 : of or relating to brothers

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