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.

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The Graham girls frolicked along the Punta Cana beaches to capture their sisterly bond all while clad in cute swimwear including mesh one-shoulder piece to die for. Teen Vogue, "Meet Ashley Graham’s Little Sister Abigail Who Stars In Her New Campaign For Swimsuits For All," 21 May 2019 Although the 32-year-old director had married producer Brandon Bonfiglio just a few months before, this sparkler was a sisterly gift from the subject of that day’s shoot: pop star Ariana Grande. Myles Tanzer, WSJ, "Ariana Grande’s Secret Weapon Is Director Hannah Lux Davis," 17 May 2019 Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner brought their sisterly love and a few giggles to the Game of Thrones Season 8 premiere in Belfast today. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams Were Too Cute at the Game of Thrones Premiere in Belfast," 12 Apr. 2019 Amma finally gets her wish to party with Camille, passing her first an Oxy and later a tablet of ecstasy, mouth to mouth, creating a fuzzy warm glow of sisterly intimacy. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sharp Objects Episode 6: Camille Is in Deep Trouble," 13 Aug. 2018 The bride-to-be recently shared a photo of her and Beatrice as young bridesmaids, complete with the sweetest caption, further confirming that their sisterly bond has stayed intact throughout the stress of wedding prep. Kara Thompson, Town & Country, "Princess Eugenie Shared the Sweetest Throwback Photo of Herself and Princess Beatrice as Bridesmaids," 5 Oct. 2018 Alyson Stoner Creates the Playlist to Her Life Anna went on to note that when the film wrapped, this new sisterly bond definitely did not. Andrea Park, Teen Vogue, "The Covey Sisters From "To All the Boys I've Loved Before" Keep in Touch IRL Via Group Chat," 29 Aug. 2018 The varied ethnicity of the sisterly trio — white, Latina and African-American — also gives the reboot more currency, Urman said. Beth Harris, The Seattle Times, "‘Charmed’ makers defend reboot, tout its ethnic diversity," 6 Aug. 2018 The two, similar to most sisterly pairs, also fight over clothes. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice Fought Over These Iconic Shoes," 3 Aug. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of sisterly

: showing or suggesting the closeness of a sister

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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