sis·​ter·​ly | \ ˈsi-stər-lē How to pronounce sisterly (audio) \

Definition of sisterly

: of, relating to, or having the characteristics of a sister

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sisterly adverb

Examples of sisterly in a Sentence

She gave her brother a sisterly kiss on the cheek. She received sisterly support from other women.
Recent Examples on the Web Usually brusque with her brother, Lavinia finally shows some sisterly affection here. Amanda Whiting, Vulture, 9 May 2021 Featuring 12 tracks brimming with sisterly harmonies, A Touch of the Beat often sounds like the album Aly & AJ were born to make. Keaton Bell, Vogue, 7 May 2021 Their sisterly rivalry even extends to ice skating. Edward Lee,, 5 Mar. 2021 Together, Erradi and Azabal ground their sisterly relationship in poignant scenes that denote the characters’ self-less mutual support. Carlos Aguilar, Los Angeles Times, 4 Mar. 2021 Behind the slick fiddle-and-steel guitar breakup single, the sisterly group with Arkansas roots performed at the Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville and became the first Black vocal group to perform on the Grand Ole Opry. Matthew Leimkuehler, USA Today, 16 Feb. 2021 To keep this knowledge from her denies her the opportunity to connect with you in a deep, intimate and sisterly way. Amy Dickinson, Star Tribune, 29 Jan. 2021 Chavira does an admirable job of showing the proud, loving father lurking behind the stage-dad bluster, and the sisterly bond between Selena and Suzette feels lived-in and real. San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Dec. 2020 The touring-recording hamster wheel ground everyone to a nub, and the sisterly bonds unraveled. San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of sisterly

circa 1532, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sisterly was circa 1532

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15 May 2021

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“Sisterly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of sisterly

: showing or suggesting the closeness of a sister

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