- When two men have a close and loyal friendship, this is an example of a brotherhood.
- When a group of people all shares the same goals and tribulations and support each other, this is an example of a brotherhood.
- the state of being a brother or brothers
- an association of men united in a common interest, work, creed, etc., as a fraternity, religious order, or labor union
- a belief in, or feeling of, unity and cooperation among men or among all people
Origin of brotherhoodMiddle English brotherhod, brotherhede: see brother and -hood
- The state or relationship of being brothers.
- An association of men, such as a fraternity or union, united for common purposes.
- All the members of a profession or trade.
- The state of being brothers or a brother.
- An association for any purpose, as a society of monks; a fraternity.
- The whole body of persons engaged in the same business, -- especially those of the same profession; as, the legal or medical brotherhood.
- Persons, and, poetically, things, of a like kind.
- A brotherhood of venerable trees. - William Wordsworth.
From Middle English brotherhod, from earlier brotherhede, alteration (influenced by suffixes in -hood, -head) of Early Middle English brotherrede (“brotherhood, fraternity”), from Old English brōþorrǣden (“brotherhood, fellowship”), equivalent to brother + -red (see brotherred). More at brother, -red.