sis·ter·hood | \ ˈsi-stər-ˌhu̇d \

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.

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Also, there is talk that the third installment has been pitched, so keep your fingers crossed for the sisterhood full hat trick. Tara Paniogue,, "10 films and TV series to help get summer started right this holiday weekend," 25 May 2018 Since that time, fictive sisterhoods of all stripes (familial and otherwise) have been realized to wonderful effect, giving women the opportunity to commune and take up space in ways not always fostered by their surrounding culture. Marley Marius, Vogue, "8 Stirring Tales of Sisterhood Adapted From the Page to the Silver Screen (That Aren’t Greta Gerwig’s Little Women)," 13 July 2018 But the movie, to me, was really about family and sisterhood. Elena Nicolaou,, "The Year Of Spectacular Men," 19 June 2018 Claire taught sewing at the Singer Sewing Machine Store in Levittown, wrote for the Lynbrook Leader, assisted in the publication of the Hofstra review, was active in the Temple Beth El sisterhood and played golf at the Mill River Country Club., "Deaths in South Florida: 7/9," 9 July 2018 On the road, that spirit of sisterhood is equally important. Raisa Bruner, Time, "The New Women of Pop Are Choosing Sisterhood Over Competition," 21 June 2018 In the aftermath of her daughter’s death, Dormeus has turned to these unfathomable sisterhoods: groups of mothers who have all lost their children to violence. Anne Branigin, The Root, "‘We Won’t Be Right for the Rest of Our Lives’: Korryn Gaines’ Mother Speaks Out," 21 Feb. 2018 When the two switch lives to save their family, will the deep well of long-hidden secrets tear them apart forever, or can their sisterhood be saved? Redbook, "20 Books You Need to Take to the Beach This Summer," 17 May 2017 This has provoked responses ranging from supportive sisterhood to rage and even disbelief. Daisy Khan, WSJ, "The #MosqueMeToo Movement," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of sisterhood

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

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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 \

Kids Definition of sisterhood

1 : the state of being a sister

2 : women joined in a group

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