brotherly

adjective broth·er·ly \ ˈbrə-t͟hər-lē \
Updated on: 10 Dec 2017

Definition of brotherly

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

brotherliness

noun

brotherly

adverb

Examples of brotherly in a Sentence

  1. He gave his sister a brotherly hug.

  2. He received brotherly support from his fellow priests.

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First Known Use of brotherly

before 12th century

brotherly Synonyms

Synonyms
fraternal
Related Words
familial, sisterly; chummy, friendly, neighborly

BROTHERLY Defined for English Language Learners

brotherly

adjective

Definition of brotherly for English Language Learners

  • : showing or suggesting the love and closeness of a brother


BROTHERLY Defined for Kids

brotherly

adjective broth·er·ly \ ˈbrə-t͟hər-lē \

Definition of brotherly for Students

1 : of or relating to brothers


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