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1. The state or relationship of being a sister or sisters.
2. The quality of being sisterly.
3. A society, especially a religious society, of women.
4. Association or unification of women in a common cause.


1. the state of being related as a sister or sisters
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) a religious body or society of sisters, esp a community, order, or congregation of nuns
3. (Sociology) the bond between women who support the Women's Movement


(ˈsɪs tərˌhʊd)

1. the state of being a sister.
2. a group of nuns or other females bound by religious ties.
3. an organization of women with a common interest, as for social or charitable purposes.
4. congenial relationship among women.
5. the community or network of women who support feminism.


 an association of women, or things which are considered to be feminine.
Examples: sisterhood of canting females, 1718; of churches, 1883; of Holy nuns, 1687; of planets (seven) 1827.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sisterhood - the kinship relation between a female offspring and the siblings
family relationship, kinship, relationship - (anthropology) relatedness or connection by blood or marriage or adoption
2.sisterhood - an association or society of women who are linked together by a common religion or trade or interest
association - a formal organization of people or groups of people; "he joined the Modern Language Association"
3.sisterhood - a religious society of women who live together as sisters (especially an order of nuns)
religious order, religious sect, sect - a subdivision of a larger religious group
Sister - (Roman Catholic Church) a title given to a nun (and used as a form of address); "the Sisters taught her to love God"
Beguine - (Roman Catholic Church) a member of a lay sisterhood (one of several founded in the Netherlands in the 12th and 13th centuries); though not taking religious vows the sisters followed an austere life


[ˈsɪstəhʊd] Nhermandad f


[ˈsɪstərhʊd] nsororité fsister-in-law [ˈsɪstərɪnlɔː] nbelle-sœur f


[ˈsɪstəˌhʊd] n (gen) → sorellanza (Rel) → congregazione f di suore
References in classic literature ?
On every side the seven gables pointed sharply towards the sky, and presented the aspect of a whole sisterhood of edifices, breathing through the spiracles of one great chimney.
Again a mystic sisterhood would contumaciously assert itself, as she met the sanctified frown of some matron, who, according to the rumour of all tongues, had kept cold snow within her bosom throughout life.
How can I describe that except by saying that instead of growing used to them--and it's a marvel for a governess: I call the sisterhood to witness
She was well known to the doctor as a trustworthy and careful person, who had nursed his own wife; and she would be assisted, from time to time, by a lady who was a member of a religious Sisterhood in the district, and whose compassionate interest had been warmly aroused in the case.
All the other Isanusis, male and female, sat down in a half-moon facing the king, but this woman drew forward, and with her came nine of her sisterhood.
In some sisterhood of the strictest order, shalt thou have time for prayer and fitting penance, and that repentance not to be repented of.
Some studied how to watch the tender buds, when to spread them to the sunlight, and when to shelter them from rain; how to guard the ripening seeds, and when to lay them in the warm earth or send them on the summer wind to far off hills and valleys, where other Fairy hands would tend and cherish them, till a sisterhood of happy flowers sprang up to beautify and gladden the lonely spot where they had fallen.
The woman, Martha Pierson, was somewhat above thirty, thin and pale, as a Shaker sister almost invariably is, and not entirely free from that corpse-like appearance which the garb of the sisterhood is so well calculated to impart.
Henri began to take a new footing in the school; her mental power, manifested gradually but steadily, ere long extorted recognition even from the envious; and when the young and healthy saw that she could smile brightly, converse gaily, move with vivacity and alertness, they acknowledged in her a sisterhood of youth and health, and tolerated her as of their kind accordingly.
We are obliged to believe that he was wrong, inasmuch as she had obviously not yet had time to become a member of the invisible sisterhood.
With their sad sisterhood are intermingled many youthful maidens who have sickened in aristocratic mansions, and for whose aid science has unavailingly searched its volumes, and whom breathless love has watched.
It had walked for hundreds of years, if not as benefit-club, as votive sisterhood of some sort; and it walked still.