[sis-ter-hoo d]


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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for sisterhood

sorority, unity, sodality, friendship, sisterly

Examples from the Web for sisterhood

Contemporary Examples of sisterhood

Historical Examples of sisterhood

  • "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 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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