[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.

Nearby words

  1. sister kenny's treatment,
  2. sister of charity,
  3. sister of loretto,
  4. sister of mercy,
  5. sister-in-law,
  6. sisterly,
  7. sistine,
  8. sistine chapel,
  9. sistine madonna,
  10. sistroid

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

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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
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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