- the condition or quality of being a brother or brothers.
- the quality of being brotherly; fellowship.
- a fraternal or trade organization.
- all those engaged in a particular trade or profession or sharing a common interest or quality.
- 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
Related Words for brotherhoodguild, fraternity, kinship, clan, league, alliance, coterie, fellowship, union, comradeship, community, society, affiliation, clique, confederacy
Examples from the Web for brotherhood
Contemporary Examples of brotherhood
The bonds of Phi Kappa Psi brotherhood were too strong to break.I Was Gang Raped at a UVA Frat 30 Years Ago, and No One Did Anything
December 16, 2014
We are meant to see Coach Lad as a gentle shepherd, full of lessons about humility and brotherhood.Two New Films Preach Our Nation’s Corrosive Gridiron Gospel
September 20, 2014
Ever since, the Saudis have seen the Brotherhood as both a domestic and geopolitical threat to the monarchy.The Middle East Cold War and U.S.
August 20, 2014
For these guys who are stop-lossed, and go out there and do tour after tour, they lose that brotherhood.
He said the difference was that a brotherhood formed, and there was a community that supported each other.
Historical Examples of brotherhood
Yet there are other powers who are not "ohai band" (of the brotherhood)—China, for instance.American Notes
Well I know that it will stand none the lower for your having joined the brotherhood.Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
It is our duty to the Brotherhood—it is also our duty to God.
Christmas had come and gone at the Brotherhood, and yet the project was unfulfilled.
He remembered me at the Brotherhood, and told me all about it.
- the state of being related as a brother or brothers
- an association or fellowship, such as a trade union
- all persons engaged in a particular profession, trade, etc
- the belief, feeling, or hope that all people should regard and treat one another as equals
equivalent of Old English broþerrede "fellowship, brotherhood," with ending as in kindred; in early Middle English the word was brotherhede with ending as in maidenhead. The modern word, with -hood, is from 15c. Originally "relationship of a brother," also "friendly companionship." Concrete sense of "an association, a fraternity" is from mid-14c. in the Middle English word (later also "labor union," 1880s). Old English also had broðorscipe "brothership," broðorsibb "kinship of brothers."
Oh, the Protestants hate the Catholics,
And the Catholics hate the Protestants,
And the Hindus hate the Muslims,
And everybody hates the Jews.
[Tom Lehrer, "National Brotherhood Week" lyrics, 1965]