sis·​ter·​ly ˈsi-stər-lē How to pronounce sisterly (audio)
: of, relating to, or having the characteristics of a sister
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 The campaign celebrates love in its many forms from sisterly love, the love of a mother and child, platonic love, or romantically, everyone needs and desires to be loved. Kerane Marcellus, Essence, 8 Feb. 2024 Evangeline and Elijah also have a sweet sisterly bond. Francesca Gariano, Peoplemag, 6 Feb. 2024 Guilt, suspicion and paranoia combine to unravel their sisterly bond. Tommy McArdle, Peoplemag, 9 Jan. 2024 Since that momentous decision, she's made sure to carefully curate the designs, concepts and outfits for each of Laufey's projects with sisterly love. Jenna Wang, Peoplemag, 23 Nov. 2023 On a Saturday in early fall, a sisterly crowd of political volunteers milled about in a community center in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Jasper Lo, The New Yorker, 4 Nov. 2023 But in the scenes of child rearing, the absence of faces expresses something more: a depth of sisterly intimacy and family solidarity that renders exposition superfluous. Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times, 2 Nov. 2023 Awkwafina talked to Entertainment Weekly about developing a sisterly dynamic with Oh. Henry Chandonnet, Peoplemag, 7 Sep. 2023 The sisterly bond makes sense, considering the two – along with their parents – collectively launched their own namesake footwear brand. Michelle Lee, Peoplemag, 8 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1532, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sisterly was circa 1532

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“Sisterly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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