brotherly

adjective
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

Synonyms for brotherly

Synonyms

fraternal

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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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Sure, Jake Gyllenhaal shows up as a cool, cape-wearing strongman who shoots potent green something-or-others out of his hands and shows a brotherly interest in Peter. Ann Hornaday, Twin Cities, "‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ is the best kind of superhero film," 2 July 2019 There's a great scene of brotherly camaraderie captured in a van on the way to an arena show that shows Kevin nervously on the phone urging his future wife to attend, while Joe and Kevin whisperingly ply him with less shy-sounding lines. Chris Willman, chicagotribune.com, "Review: The Jonas Brothers' 'Chasing Happiness'," 9 June 2019 The words certainly did come for Read, 95, who extended to his former enemy some eloquent brotherly love. Ashley Boucher, PEOPLE.com, "English and German World War II Veterans Meet to Honor the Anniversary of D-Day: 'We Are Brothers'," 7 June 2019 But that won't stop royal fans from worrying about the magical brotherly bond that Prince Harry and Prince William always seemed to have. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "How Prince Harry's Relationship with Prince William Is Changing Amid the Kensington Palace Split," 22 Dec. 2018 Since the reality show's inception in 2011, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton have entertained audiences with their brotherly bond, sarcastic remarks, and plenty of teasing. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "'The Voice' Coach Blake Shelton Addresses His Rivalry With Kelly Clarkson," 10 Nov. 2018 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, chicagotribune.com, "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

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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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More Definitions for brotherly

brotherly

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of brotherly

: showing or suggesting the love and closeness of a brother

brotherly

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

Kids Definition of brotherly

1 : of or relating to brothers

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