[ bruhth-er-hood ]
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  1. the condition or quality of being a brother or brothers.

  2. the quality of being brotherly; fellowship.

  1. a fraternal or trade organization.

  2. all those engaged in a particular trade or profession or sharing a common interest or quality.

  3. the belief that all people should act with warmth and equality toward one another, regardless of differences in nationality, creed, ethnicity, etc.

Origin of brotherhood

1250–1300; Middle English brithirhod (see brother, -hood); replacing early Middle English brotherhede;see -head

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How to use brotherhood in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for brotherhood


/ (ˈbrʌðəˌhʊd) /

  1. the state of being related as a brother or brothers

  2. an association or fellowship, such as a trade union

  1. all persons engaged in a particular profession, trade, etc

  2. the belief, feeling, or hope that all people should regard and treat one another as equals

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