brotherly

adjective

broth·​er·​ly ˈbrə-t͟hər-lē How to pronounce brotherly (audio)
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

He gave his sister a brotherly hug. He received brotherly support from his fellow priests.
Recent Examples on the Web And after suffering through the hardships of growing up without parents, leaning on each other to survive and finding strength in their brotherly connection, Tyler was sure his brother was about to do something special. Jason Mastrodonato, The Mercury News, 10 Jan. 2024 Following the second game, Dalvin and James shared a brotherly moment in the tunnel together that was caught on social media. Lynsey Eidell, Peoplemag, 20 Jan. 2024 Jesse picked his pocket, Josiah recovered the ball and got back downhill but the brotherly defense hindered the layup. Sam Cohn, Baltimore Sun, 18 Jan. 2024 Starsky and Hutch drove around in their iconic red-and-white-striped Ford Gran Torino and had a brotherly love, us-against-the-world attitude that was different than typical cop shows. Jordan Moreau, Variety, 5 Jan. 2024 One is much more antagonistic, and the other is more brotherly. Theo Brown, The Hollywood Reporter, 26 Oct. 2023 Durant and Drake’s brotherly relationship is well-documented. Carl Lamarre, Billboard, 4 Dec. 2023 The original song allowed the NFL stars to embrace their brotherly love, Philly style. Skyler Caruso, Peoplemag, 27 Nov. 2023 Even if the monarchy endures, the question remains of whether sacrificing brotherly bonds was worth it. Michelle Tauber, Peoplemag, 15 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of brotherly was before the 12th century

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“Brotherly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/brotherly. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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brotherly

adjective
broth·​er·​ly ˈbrət͟h-ər-lē How to pronounce brotherly (audio)
1
: of or relating to brothers
2
brotherliness noun

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