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

Definition of sisterly

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

Other Words from sisterly

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 But a tragic accident shatters that facade and guilt, suspicion and paranoia combine to disolve their sisterly bond, turning the two mothers against one another in a psychological battle of wills. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 June 2022 But when a tragic accident shatters the perfect harmony of their lives, guilt, suspicion and paranoia begin to unravel their sisterly bond and a darker side of the maternal instinct emerges. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 May 2022 For much of the first act, the two sisters go at it, making their various cases as Viterbi links their different sisterly points of view to their alignments in their parent’s divorce. Chris Jones,, 14 Apr. 2022 The duality of their sisterly bond and the strictures of the monarchy have been explored in many places, including notably on the Netflix hit The Crown. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, 28 Apr. 2022 That said, Federle struggles to flesh out other character conflicts properly, most notably the familial drama between Sherrie and Heidi, who’ve let a long-standing feud fracture their sisterly bond. Courtney Howard, Variety, 29 Mar. 2022 But for some reason, in a show that, at its heart, is and has always been about family, something feels different about the Sharmas and the strength of their sisterly bond. Katherine Singh,, 28 Mar. 2022 In addition to sharing her sisterly bond via Instagram, the Grammy winner celebrated another special girl in her life: Her dog, Fluffy. Starr Bowenbank, Billboard, 15 Mar. 2022 Their harmonious voices are soft yet assured, and even after being trapped in a freight elevator for an unconfirmed amount of time, the sisterly duo's presence during their interview with is still extremely calming. Shelby Ying Hyde, Harper's BAZAAR, 5 Jan. 2022 See More

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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 17 Aug. 2022.

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