broth·​er·​ly | \ˈbrə-t͟hər-lē \

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.

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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,, "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 Tomas’s current Senate campaign feels like a similar act of brotherly love. Gilbert Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, "Tomás Uresti’s Senate campaign an obvious act of brotherly loyalty," 26 June 2018 Also playing its first hometown show in several years will be the Detroit band Death, the brotherly trio whose Detroit garage-punk has been rediscovered and extolled. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "Dead Kennedys, Rev. Horton Heat, Ace Frehley top Motor City Muscle bill," 21 June 2018 South Broward’s brotherly duo of Andrew and Tyler Lopez each added three goals to help give outgoing Bulldogs coach Chris Bloese, who will be moving to South Carolina, one final opportunity to win a state championship. Steve Evans,, "South Broward boys advance to state water polo final," 4 May 2018 Their scenes together have a warmth and wit that speaks to a brotherly relationship. Kristen Page-kirby, kansascity, "‘SuperFly’ makes a decent but unnecessary return," 14 June 2018 In modern times, members do not learn a vocational trade, but the tools and objects used in operative masonry have been adapted as symbols in the ceremonies of modern Freemasonry to teach moral lessons, brotherly love and charity. Community Report, Houston Chronicle, "Liberty Masons hosting open house May 12," 6 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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English Language Learners Definition of brotherly

: showing or suggesting the love and closeness of a brother


broth·​er·​ly | \ˈbrə-t͟hər-lē \

Kids Definition of brotherly

1 : of or relating to brothers

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