sisterhood

noun

sis·​ter·​hood ˈsi-stər-ˌhu̇d How to pronounce sisterhood (audio)
1
a
: 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 Last year, the actresses told PEOPLE that their friendship is more like a sisterhood. Charna Flam, Peoplemag, 29 Mar. 2024 The short takes an intimate look at the pair's unique sisterhood. Andrew Blankstein, NBC News, 11 Mar. 2024 For the sequel, one group that West focused much of her attention on was the Bene Gesserit—an all-powerful sisterhood. Hannah Jackson, Vogue, 26 Feb. 2024 Jessica’s Bene Gesserit sisterhood also believe Paul is the legendary Kwisatz Haderach, an all-powerful male heir who can see across space and time. Jordan Moreau, Variety, 1 Mar. 2024 The knowledge exchanged, strategies acquired, and funding opportunities were priceless — as sisterhood was fostered and deep connections forged. Ebony Flake, Essence, 26 Feb. 2024 Especially since Lee, and a committed sisterhood of politicians, activists, academics and lobbyists across California, had spent almost four years working behind the scenes to boost representation for Black women at the highest levels of the federal government. Erika D. Smith, Los Angeles Times, 10 Mar. 2024 Supporting actors supporting other supporting actors While the Best Supporting Actress presenters felt like a warm sisterhood, the Best Supporting Actors came off more like a sports bar at last call. Lester Fabian Brathwaite, EW.com, 10 Mar. 2024 The historically African American sorority is non-profit community service organization rooted in sisterhood and empowerment. Nasha Smith, Peoplemag, 9 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of sisterhood was in the 14th century

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“Sisterhood.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sisterhood. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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sisterhood

noun
sis·​ter·​hood ˈsis-tər-ˌhu̇d How to pronounce sisterhood (audio)
1
: the state of being a sister
2
: a community or society of sisters

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