sisterhood

noun
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

In celebration of International Women's Day, jewelry house Pomellato has partnered with Jane Fonda, Chiara Ferragni, Delfina Blaquier, Emma Weymouth, and others on a video and digital campaign of empowerment and sisterhood. Liz Cantrell, Town & Country, "Jane Fonda Speaks Out About Female Empowerment on International Women's Day," 8 Mar. 2019 Our goal is to continue to foster a powerful community and sisterhood of likeminded women who are passionate, driven and kind. Minna Shim, Harper's BAZAAR, "It Brand Dannijo and the Return of the Scrunchie," 20 Dec. 2018 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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'sisterhood.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of sisterhood

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about sisterhood

Statistics for sisterhood

Last Updated

23 Apr 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for sisterhood

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

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for sisterhood

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 How to pronounce sisterhood (audio) \

Kids Definition of sisterhood

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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on sisterhood

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with sisterhood

Spanish Central: Translation of sisterhood

Nglish: Translation of sisterhood for Spanish Speakers

Comments on sisterhood

What made you want to look up sisterhood? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a secret plot to overthrow a government

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Latin Quiz

  • roman forum
  • Which of the following months comes from a Latin word for “ten”?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!