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 Gerwig’s ending adopts this spirit while affirming the golden band of sisterhood that Alcott’s real-life family embodied. John Matteson, The Atlantic, "One Way the New Little Women Film Is Radical," 1 Jan. 2020 That type of sisterhood makes a two-month international tour possible. John Wenzel, The Know, "Amid the barrage of Christmas entertainment, holiday drag shows offer a different kind of Yuletide cheer," 15 Dec. 2019 The strategy, the luck, and using your brain on this highly skilled game are important as well as the sisterhoods formed and friends made., "Community News For The West Hartford Edition," 4 Nov. 2019 The previous teasers for the film also hinted at an adventure tale but focused on the heartfelt sentiment of the sisterhood that was at the core of the first film. Nardine Saad, Los Angeles Times, "Is that you, Anna and Elsa? ‘Frozen 2’ trailer suggests a Marvel-style tale," 23 Sep. 2019 In a candid chat, the three share their unique journeys in the industry and celebrate the sisterhood of country music. Reba McEntire: Lots of great women inspired me, starting with my mother. Alison Abbey, Woman's Day, "Reba McEntire, Miranda Lambert and Carly Pearce Dish on the Sisterhood of Country Music," 9 Aug. 2019 Her commitment to volunteerism and community service was evidenced by her involvement with many philanthropic and civic organizations including Women's American ORT, Temple Beth El sisterhood, and the Spin Bifida Association., "Gail Bonita Heimov Weinstein Kraus Mackta," 6 Dec. 2019 First comes her dead sister, Anita (Castañeda-Guevara), who spent their teen years partying while Dolores studied and then committed what Dolores still views as an unforgivable breach of sisterhood. oregonlive, "‘A Xmas Cuento Remix’ offers a heartwarming story about redemption and the importance of familia," 2 Dec. 2019 There’s nothing little about Greta Gerwig’s rich, warm, bustlingly populated and passionately devoted new tribute to Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel of sisterhood. Joey Nolfi,, "Little Women reviews praise Greta Gerwig's likely Oscar contender," 25 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of sisterhood

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

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“Sisterhood.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 29 January 2020.

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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


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Kids Definition of sisterhood

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

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