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.

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Cole has a number of other killer ideas for specific scenes: Ophelia (Netta Walker) is playing video games with Laertes (Gregory Fenner) as the latter delivers his brotherly advice. Chris Jones,, "At Gift, a 'Hamlet' with all kinds of ambition," 13 June 2018 On some level, Gritty seems to embody the spirit of Philadelphia, a city known at once for brotherly love and for the beloved fictional boxer Rocky, the kind of working-class scrapper who has been embraced by a city full of working-class scrappers. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Gritty’s evolution from googly-eyed hockey mascot to meme to leftist avatar, explained," 24 Dec. 2018 An 18-second clip, tweeted out by Royal Central editor Charlie Proctor, shows Charles playing the brotherly prank on Anne. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Prince Charles Pranking Princess Anne Is the Best Thing You'll See Today," 8 Nov. 2018 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

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First Known Use of brotherly

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

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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) \

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1 : of or relating to brothers

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