broth·​er·​hood | \ ˈbrə-t͟hər-ˌhu̇d How to pronounce brotherhood (audio) \

Definition of brotherhood

1 : the quality or state of being brothers
3 : an association (such as a labor union or monastic society) for a particular purpose
4 : the whole body of persons engaged in a business or profession

Examples of brotherhood in a Sentence

they're a brotherhood of retired war veterans a family that has been part of the brotherhood of police officers for four generations
Recent Examples on the Web The UN General Assembly allocated the day in 1954 to promote brotherhood among the world's children and promote their well-being with social and cultural activities. Nadia Cantú, The Arizona Republic, 29 Apr. 2022 Turkey’s support for popular movements linked to the Muslim Brotherhood initially spurred the break with Arab regimes that saw the brotherhood’s vision of political Islam as a threat. Andrew Wilks, ajc, 28 Apr. 2022 By the time the world watched the Islamic State behead Americans on YouTube, optimism about the internet fostering a new brotherhood of man had withered. James Harkin, Harper’s Magazine , 27 Apr. 2022 The secret is in the preparation -- a recipe invented by merchants from Vicenza in the 1500s and protected by a brotherhood of chefs. Silvia Marchetti, CNN, 26 Apr. 2022 Set in 1770, the story takes place against the backdrop of the Sannyasi Rebellion when a brotherhood of monks banded together to fight the ruling British East India Company. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 7 Apr. 2022 Hurt spoke proudly of finding fulfillment in theater roles for $250 a week and recently turned a one-episode appearance on the Apple+ show Mythic Quest into a heartbreaking take on brotherhood and the ties that bind. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 13 Mar. 2022 The International Olympics Committee has always claimed the Games are about promoting goodwill and celebrating the brotherhood of mankind. Los Angeles Times, 3 Feb. 2022 Opposing teams and their fans are going to start getting sick of the theme of the Magic Warriors, where average and flawed players are initiated into the brotherhood and give up all selfish habits and thoughts and rise to a higher level of humanity. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, 20 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of brotherhood

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for brotherhood

Middle English brotherhede, brotherhod, alteration of brotherrede, from Old English brōthorrǣden, from brōthor + rǣden condition — more at kindred entry 2

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11 May 2022

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“Brotherhood.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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broth·​er·​hood | \ ˈbrə-t͟hər-ˌhu̇d How to pronounce brotherhood (audio) \

Kids Definition of brotherhood

1 : the state of being a brother
2 : a group of people who are engaged in the same business or have a similar interest
3 : feelings of friendship, support, and understanding between people

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