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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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 Aron felt compelled to play a sisterly role with her mother and that of a concerned aunt with her older sister. Jim Ruland, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Let’s hear it for the codependents," 24 Apr. 2020 Each young woman personifies the sisterly camaraderie that was faked in Greta Gerwig’s forgettable Little Women. Armond White, National Review, "Paul Thomas Anderson’s Best Work — on Video," 1 Apr. 2020 Nor does Bombshell lend itself to easy tropes of sisterly feminism. Abby Aguirre, The Atlantic, "Charlize Theron Knows a Monster When She Sees One," 9 Dec. 2019 The trailer also offers a glimpse at the sisterly rivalry which has evolved between the Queen and Princess Margaret, played by Helena Bonham-Carter. Will Thorne,, "‘The Crown’ Season 3 trailer teases rivalry between the Queen and Princess Margaret," 22 Oct. 2019 This adds dimensions to their sisterly quest, even if the harmonious emotions and good intentions never fully atone for the conventionalism of the blond-on-blond character design, the tiny waists, pert breasts, jeweled eyes and pale plastic-y skin. Manohla Dargis, New York Times, "‘Frozen 2’ Review: The Cold Still Never Bothers Them," 21 Nov. 2019 For one thing, the original film’s central theme—the power of sisterly bonds—is repeated in Frozen II with minimal variation. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Frozen II Is an Enchanted Quest for Sequel Money," 14 Nov. 2019 Victory is sealed not by true love’s kiss, but by an act of sisterly self-sacrifice., "For a 3-year-old fanatic, there’s no letting go of ‘Frozen’ - The Boston Globe," 31 Oct. 2019 But as the operation careens out of control her sisterly friendship with Ramona sours, testing their bond. Jen Yamato,, "How Lorene Scafaria’s ‘Hustlers’ turned a tabloid stripper drama into an ode to female empowerment," 9 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of sisterly

circa 1532, in the meaning defined above

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“Sisterly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of sisterly

: showing or suggesting the closeness of a sister

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