Definition of sisterhood in English:



  • 1[mass noun] The relationship between sisters.

    ‘much of sisterhood is about sharing lipsticks’
    • ‘In 1991, Juliet made Blood Sisters, a film essay which explored the mythologies of sisterhood.’
    • ‘I can't know what it's like to be a woman, or even how exactly to be a dad to girls, but I know something of sisters, and even perhaps of sisterhood, if I may be so bold.’
    • ‘It is a celebration of motherhood, sisterhood and womanhood.’
    • ‘Anyone who has a sister, as I do, understands the mental, emotional and spiritual complexities that biological sisterhood imparts.’
    • ‘There is no sisterhood among sisters here, only envy fuelled by despair.’
    1. 1.1The feeling of kinship with and closeness to a group of women or all women.
      ‘Canadian feminists acknowledge their sisterhood with women around the globe’
      • ‘I get irritated at the ritual speeches and show of public sisterhood.’
      • ‘Our girls so need loving examples of sisterhood.’
      • ‘They're not bemoaning teenagers, fuelled by anger and betrayal; they are sisterhood driven by their sheer love of making music.’
      • ‘It probably feels to your friend that your're breaking a law of sisterhood when crossing that state line.’
      • ‘There was a general feeling of amiability and sisterhood.’
      • ‘I really believe in sisterhood and going caving and rock-climbing together, it was so great to have their voices down the bottom going ‘come on, you can do it’.’
      • ‘The one thing that bonds us together is sisterhood.’
      • ‘Girls initiated together form a bond and this sisterhood lasts throughout their lives.’
      • ‘There is peace, there is communication and there is brotherhood and sisterhood.’
      • ‘Many say a sense of sisterhood motivates them to protect other mothers from the fear and pain they have faced.’
      • ‘It's an embarrassment, a sign of succumbing to the ever-increasing pressures of society, failing the sisterhood, giving in to the boring aspirations of the perfect body.’
      • ‘It was a magical evening of tears, laughter, and special feelings of connection, sisterhood, and joy in the beauty and the strength of women.’
      • ‘Their bravery, sisterhood and spirit inspired me and gave me new courage to meet our challenges head on.’
      • ‘It is true that many of us became involved in the feminist movement with unrealistic expectations of bonded sisterhood.’
      • ‘There was such a feeling of sisterhood the like of which we had never experienced before and probably will never experience again.’
      • ‘Young feminists today lack the experience of sisterhood.’
      • ‘The idea was to raise our consciousness and love ourselves until eventually sisterhood would be powerful enough to make us an army of lovers who could not fail.’
      friendship, comradeship, fellowship, good fellowship, companionship, brotherliness, brotherhood, sisterhood, closeness, affinity, togetherness, solidarity, mutual support
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  • 2An association, society, or community of women linked by a common interest, religion, or trade.

    ‘the Anglicans set up Sisterhoods all over England’
    ‘they've accused me of letting down the Sisterhood’
    • ‘Over the years, as educational opportunities became more common for women, Newcomb came to mean not so much educational access but a sisterhood and support group within the larger educational structure.’
    • ‘Religious brotherhoods and sisterhoods play an important role in organizing these ceremonies and festivals.’
    • ‘Although women could not be priests or bishops, convents and sisterhoods provided professional opportunities to women in a society where few respectable professional outlets existed.’
    • ‘In a world of brotherhoods and sisterhoods there was always the existence of secret societies.’
    • ‘They based the ridiculous behaviour around the same conniving behaviour performed in the sisterhood of all elementary school girls.’
    • ‘He thanked Sellon for her presence in the Diocese of Exeter and the notable achievements of the sisterhood among the poor, especially the orphan girls.’
    • ‘The power of religious belief and commitment that motivated women to enter a sisterhood and engage in social activism is often downplayed in historians' accounts.’
    • ‘We can no longer assume that social groups - classes, races, nations, sisterhoods, will be homogeneous and consensual: we look instead for evidence of power, resistance, coercion and consent.’
    • ‘The girl then responded to the bishop's queries about Pusey and his dealings with the sisterhood.’
    • ‘The strongest developments regarding deaconess sisterhoods among Baptists in America occurred among the German Baptists.’
    brotherhood, sisterhood, fraternity, confraternity, sorority, colony, institution, order, body, circle, association, society, league
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