Definition of brotherhood noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈbrʌðəhʊd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbrʌðərhʊd//
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  1. 1[uncountable] friendship and understanding between people to live in peace and brotherhood The group tries to promote a spirit of brotherhood among its members. See related entries: Friends
  2. 2[countable + singular or plural verb] an organization formed for a particular purpose, especially a religious society or political organization a brotherhood of union members
  3. 3[uncountable] the relationship of brothers the ties of brotherhood
  4. Word OriginMiddle English: probably from obsolete brotherred (based on Old English -rǣden ‘condition, state’; compare with kindred). The change of suffix was due to association with words ending in -hood and -head.
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