sis·​ter·​ly | \ˈsi-stər-lē \

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.

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What once seemed like a brother-sisterly relationship, might be something very different. Olivia Harrison,, "The Wine You Should Drink With The Sweetbitter Season Finale," 8 June 2018 Ocean’s 8 tries a gender swap, subbing out the all-male cast with female stars, and trading ensemble bromance for sisterly solidarity. Gary Thompson,, "'Ocean's 8': Sandra Bullock-led reboot with stiletto heels," 6 June 2018 Here are seven times Grande and Minaj spoke or stepped out in sisterly support of each other. Morgan Enos, Billboard, "9 Times Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj Had Each Other's Backs," 29 May 2018 There are sisterly squabbles and hilarious trash talk, much of it in Spanish, as well as moments of extreme tenderness and jerks being jerks. New York Times, "‘Vida’ Flips the Script on Gentrification," 2 May 2018 Starting in young adulthood, Yoselyn and her siblings began moving to New York — a process that took place in fits and starts, and involved lots of sisterly cohabitation. Maureen O'connor, The Cut, "‘Neither Family Will Be the Same’," 4 Apr. 2018 Ahead of their first LP’s release, the siblings opened up to PEOPLE about their journey — from early YouTube covers and being discovered by Beyoncé to their sisterly bond and representing young black women everywhere. Jeff Nelson,, "Chloe x Halle Talk Speaking Their Minds, Representing Young Black Women — and Mentor Beyoncé," 21 Mar. 2018 While Gigi is wishing for some sisterly comfort in the days since her breakup, Zayn has turned to tattoos as his escape from his feels. Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "Gigi Hadid Misses Her Sister Bella Now More Than Ever After Her Breakup With Zayn," 20 Mar. 2018 For those of us with siblings, certain instances can really hit home, and the latest sisterly disagreement is definitely relatable. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "“Keeping Up With the Kardashians” Clip Shows Khloé and Kim Upset With Kourtney for Her Tardiness," 1 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of sisterly

circa 1570, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sisterly was circa 1570

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English Language Learners Definition of sisterly

: showing or suggesting the closeness of a sister

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