noun, sometimes capitalized
her·​man·​dad | \ ˌermənˈdä(t͟h) \
plural hermandades\ -​ä(ˌ)t͟hās \

Definition of hermandad

: 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

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History and Etymology for hermandad

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 29 Nov. 2021.

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