sis·​ter·​hood | \ ˈsi-stər-ˌhu̇d How to pronounce sisterhood (audio) \

Definition of sisterhood

1a : the state of being a sister
b : sisterly relationship
2 : a community or society of sisters especially : a society of women in a religious order
3 : the solidarity of women based on shared conditions, experiences, or concerns

Examples of sisterhood in a Sentence

The bonds of sisterhood have helped unite women to fight for social equality.
Recent Examples on the Web Over the next four years, Harris will almost certainly continue to show solidarity with her sisterhood through her pearls, and by now, everyone is in on the secret. Jill Newman, Town & Country, "The Poignant Meaning Behind Kamala Harris's Inauguration Jewelry," 20 Jan. 2021 In that context, Harmange and Coffin argue that putting sisterhood above appeasing men is a logical next step. New York Times, "With ‘I Hate Men,’ a French Feminist Touches a Nerve," 10 Jan. 2021 Oyinkan Braithwaite’s satirical thriller, read by Adepero Oduye, tests the bonds of sisterhood as Korede, a nurse, grows increasingly annoyed with her younger, prettier sister Ayoola. Annabel Gutterman, Time, "11 Audiobooks to Lighten the Mood This Dreary Winter," 15 Jan. 2021 My first art directed editorial in a publication centered around celebrating sisterhood, community, survival, and particularly Black women. Nandi Howard, Essence, "ESSENCE Exclusive: New Editorial Highlights Black And Latin Women Artists," 30 Dec. 2020 Cherished recipes from Jewish cooks across Australia and around the world, tweaked and perfected by the sisterhood of the Monday Morning Cooking Club. Dallas News, "Our 13 favorite baking cookbooks of 2020," 3 Dec. 2020 This new flat curb chain launch is joined by a fun campaign that taps on family, love, and sisterhood. Nandi Howard, Essence, "Shop Now: Mejuri Launches Flat Curb Chain Collection," 17 Nov. 2020 Still, her ability to ride along and humanize her subjects without prying for gory details is less a technique than a measure of sisterhood and good faith. Matt Damsker, USA TODAY, "'Nobody Ever Asked Me About the Girls': Lisa Robinson dishes on women’s plight in pop music," 10 Nov. 2020 The three daughters — strangers who crossed paths in a private Facebook group for people who’ve lost loved ones to COVID-19 — are now part of a sisterhood of communal grief. Marisa Gerber Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Column One: Three daughters mourn fathers in a sisterhood of grief," 9 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of sisterhood

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Sisterhood.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of sisterhood

: the close relationship among women based on shared experiences, concerns, etc.
: a community or society of women especially : a community of nuns


sis·​ter·​hood | \ ˈsi-stər-ˌhu̇d How to pronounce sisterhood (audio) \

Kids Definition of sisterhood

1 : the state of being a sister
2 : women joined in a group

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