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[sis-ter-hoo d] /ˈsɪs tərˌhʊd/
the state of being a sister.
a group of sisters, especially of nuns or of female members of a church.
an organization of women with a common interest, as for social, charitable, business, or political purposes.
congenial relationship or companionship among women; mutual female esteem, concern, support, etc.
Usually, the sisterhood. the community or network of women who participate in or support feminism.
Origin of sisterhood
First recorded in 1350-1400, sisterhood is from the Middle English word sosterhode. See sister, -hood Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • "She never missed before," says a knitting-woman of the sisterhood.

    A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
  • There is a little house close by the sisterhood where she and the boy could live.

    The Coryston Family Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • But we have not found any lack of money among the sisterhood.

    Lotus Buds

    Amy Carmichael
  • They have banded themselves into a sisterhood, and christened our clergy-house a 'Settlement.'

    The Christian Hall Caine
  • But is accomplished at the expense of the sisterhood of women.

British Dictionary definitions for sisterhood


the state of being related as a sister or sisters
a religious body or society of sisters, esp a community, order, or congregation of nuns
the bond between women who support the Women's Movement
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for sisterhood

"state of being a sister," late 14c., from sister + -hood. Meaning "a society of sisters" (usually a religious order) is from 1590s; sense of "women having some common characteristic or calling" is from c.1600.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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