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.

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Over 16,000 women of all ages blew into New Orleans in early July to fellowship and celebrate their sisterhood. Lily Jackson |, al, "‘A lifetime commitment’: Historically black sororities choose service for life," 13 Aug. 2019 The season two finale of Big Little Lies left fans with one big cliffhanger: The image of the Monterey Five rolling up to the police station together, in sisterhood and solidarity, to presumably turn themselves in for lying about how Perry died. Kathleen Newman-bremang,, "How Big Little Lies Did Bonnie A Major Disservice By Ignoring Her Race," 23 July 2019 If Shelton and Day are any indication, the intergenerational sisterhood of wine is alive and well. Ellen Bhang,, "Women winemakers tell their stories at Portland Wine Week," 1 July 2019 The explosion that happened with those women coming out of the 1960s is about sisterhood. Time, "Jessie Buckley's Star Is Born in Wild Rose. But It’s Been a Long Time in the Making," 19 June 2019 Free Fab'rik's free shopping sprees have fostered a sisterhood of women united in their love of beautiful clothes and a wish to celebrate one another. Mayra Cuevas, CNN, "How sexual abuse survivors are finding strength and dignity through fashion," 6 June 2019 The congresswomen are building on cultural notions of a mass sisterhood, said Lilly Goren, a political science professor at Carroll University whose areas of focus include culture. Washington Post, "‘Squad’ jumped from pop culture to become the most politically polarizing word of the year," 27 July 2019 That culminating scene didn’t lend itself to the novel’s intended effect of showing the sisterhood that forms in the midst of trauma. Shamira Ibrahim, The Atlantic, "Will Big Little Lies Finally Show Up for Bonnie?," 21 July 2019 However, research conducted in 2001 showed that female lions have more of a sisterhood, with each lioness breeding at roughly the same rate. Emily Toomey, Smithsonian, "Ten Things We’ve Learned About Lions Since Disney’s Original ‘The Lion King’," 19 July 2019

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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 How to pronounce sisterhood (audio) \

Kids Definition of sisterhood

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

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