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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Jenny’s abrupt turn toward sisterhood with the other divas came out of nowhere. Zoë Madonna,, "‘Divas’ is touching, funny, and fascinating," 24 June 2018 Waffle House can’t ignore the power of a united sisterhood of women supporting our black sisters and taking to the streets. Tamika D. Mallory, The Root, "Black Women Will Save Us, but Who Will Save Black Women?," 13 June 2018 The real message here is sisterhood for all women, not just some. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "Tessa Thompson Sent a Reminder About Who Janelle Monáe's "PYNK" Celebrates," 11 Apr. 2018 Alpha Kappa Alpha is now a global sisterhood with more than 290,000 members worldwide, including famous sisters such as Maya Angelou, Coretta Scott-King, Rosa Parks, and Senator Kamala Harris. Nadine Jolie Courtney, Town & Country, "Which Sorority Was Actually the First?," 18 May 2017 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

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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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