of, like, or befitting a brother; affectionate and loyal; fraternal: brotherly love.


as a brother; fraternally.

Origin of brotherly

before 1000; Middle English; Old English brōthorlīc. See brother, -ly
Related formsbroth·er·li·ness, nounpseu·do·broth·er·ly, adverbqua·si-broth·er·ly, adjectiveun·broth·er·li·ness, nounun·broth·er·ly, adjective, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for brotherliness

Historical Examples of brotherliness

  • I doubted your brotherliness, I must confess, my dear Marius.

    St. Martin's Summer

    Rafael Sabatini

  • But their condition detracts nothing from Penn's Christian brotherliness.

    William Penn

    George Hodges

  • It was the most perfect act of brotherliness which I have ever witnessed.

  • And do you think I would wish for or accept your brotherliness on those terms?

    Small Souls

    Louis Couperus

  • There is none of the brotherliness and civilised simplicity.

    Sea and Sardinia

    D. H. Lawrence

British Dictionary definitions for brotherliness



of, resembling, or suitable to a brother, esp in showing loyalty and affection; fraternal


in a brotherly way; fraternally
Derived Formsbrotherliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for brotherliness

Old English broðorlichnes; see brotherly + -ness.



Old English broðorlic; see brother + -ly (1).

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