sisterhood

noun
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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Now, in honor of the film's 30th anniversary, Fathom Events and Turner Classic Movies (TCM) have joined forces to bring the beloved tale of friendship and sisterhood back to theaters. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "'Steel Magnolias' Is Returning to Theaters for the Film's 30th Anniversary," 6 Feb. 2019 There are subversive touches (gilded erogenous zones) and a playful sense of sisterhood (piggyback rides as literal women-supporting-women). Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "Katie Stout’s “Girl Lamps” Come to Life in a New Collaboration with the Fashion Label Phelan," 7 Dec. 2018 Whether your ideal is Debbie Harry in a leopard catsuit or Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy in a leopard coat, there’s a sisterhood of so-bad-it’s-good images to choose from. Nancy Macdonell, WSJ, "Is Leopard Print Tacky or Classic? A Historical Debate," 18 Sep. 2018 Eileen O’Higgins plays one of Ronan’s ladies in waiting, which made the sisterhood theme of the film that much more real. Lauren Sanchez, Vogue, "Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie Ruled at Last Night’s Premiere for Mary Queen of Scots," 5 Dec. 2018 The movement’s structure tried to reflect this sisterhood. Zoey Grossman; Fashion Editor: Cassie Anderson, Harper's BAZAAR, "Uzo Aduba, Katie Holmes & Ieshia Evans Reenact Iconic Images of Social Change," 20 Nov. 2018 But Pauly and her friend Brooke Pagé have started to change the meaning of WAGS, highlighting a different kind of sisterhood that’s anything but glitzy, dedicated to making sure other women in their situations would feel supported. Amber Ferguson, The Seattle Times, "‘We’re the only ones who understand our situation’: Wives and girlfriends of men in wheelchairs form unique sisterhood," 10 Sep. 2018 The most prominent feature of women’s liberation was the idea of sisterhood, that women throughout the world were intrinsically connected by virtue of their womanhood. Zoey Grossman; Fashion Editor: Cassie Anderson, Harper's BAZAAR, "Uzo Aduba, Katie Holmes & Ieshia Evans Reenact Iconic Images of Social Change," 20 Nov. 2018 Coven fan favorite Madison Montgomery (Emma Roberts), after a stint in hell, grows past being mean and toxic and learns about sisterhood and family. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "American Horror Story: Apocalypse was somehow both absolutely nuts and largely forgettable," 18 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of sisterhood

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

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sisterhood

noun

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

sisterhood

noun
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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