hermandad

noun

her·​man·​dad
ˌermənˈdä(t͟h)
plural hermandades
-ä(ˌ)t͟hās
sometimes capitalized
: one of several voluntary organizations formed in Spain during the 13th, 14th, and 15th centuries to maintain public order and resist the depredations of the nobles and later to exercise general police functions

Word History

Etymology

Spanish, brotherhood, from hermano brother (from Latin germanus, from germanus, adjective, having the same parents) + -dad (from Latin -tat-, -tas -ty)

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“Hermandad.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hermandad. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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