Definition of sisterhood in US English:

sisterhood

noun

  • 1The relationship between sisters.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is a celebration of motherhood, sisterhood and womanhood.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In 1991, Juliet made Blood Sisters, a film essay which explored the mythologies of sisterhood.’
    1. 1.1 The feeling of kinship with and closeness to a group of women or all women.
      • ‘It was a magical evening of tears, laughter, and special feelings of connection, sisterhood, and joy in the beauty and the strength of women.’
      • ‘It probably feels to your friend that your're breaking a law of sisterhood when crossing that state line.’
      • ‘They're not bemoaning teenagers, fuelled by anger and betrayal; they are sisterhood driven by their sheer love of making music.’
      • ‘Our girls so need loving examples of 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’.’
      • ‘I get irritated at the ritual speeches and show of public sisterhood.’
      • ‘There was a general feeling of amiability and 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.’
      • ‘Girls initiated together form a bond and this sisterhood lasts throughout their lives.’
      • ‘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 is true that many of us became involved in the feminist movement with unrealistic expectations of bonded sisterhood.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Their bravery, sisterhood and spirit inspired me and gave me new courage to meet our challenges head on.’
      • ‘Young feminists today lack the experience of sisterhood.’
      • ‘The one thing that bonds us together is sisterhood.’
      • ‘There was such a feeling of sisterhood the like of which we had never experienced before and probably will never experience again.’
      friendship, comradeship, fellowship, good fellowship, companionship, brotherliness, brotherhood, 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.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In a world of brotherhoods and sisterhoods there was always the existence of secret societies.’
    • ‘The girl then responded to the bishop's queries about Pusey and his dealings with the sisterhood.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The strongest developments regarding deaconess sisterhoods among Baptists in America occurred among the German Baptists.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They based the ridiculous behaviour around the same conniving behaviour performed in the sisterhood of all elementary school girls.’
    brotherhood, fraternity, confraternity, sorority, colony, institution, order, body, circle, association, society, league
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Pronunciation

sisterhood

/ˈsɪstərˌhʊd//ˈsistərˌho͝od/