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1. The state or relationship of being brothers.
2. Fellowship.
3. An association of men, such as a fraternity or union, united for common purposes.
4. All the members of a profession or trade.


1. (Genetics) the state of being related as a brother or brothers
2. an association or fellowship, such as a trade union
3. (Industrial Relations & HR Terms) all persons engaged in a particular profession, trade, etc
4. (Ecclesiastical Terms) the belief, feeling, or hope that all people should regard and treat one another as equals


(ˈbrʌð ərˌhʊd)

1. the condition or quality of being a brother or brothers.
2. the quality of being brotherly; fellowship.
3. a fraternal or trade organization.
4. all those engaged in a particular trade, profession, pursuit, etc.
5. the belief that all people should act with warmth and equality toward one another.


 an association or guild; a profession, person, or things of like kind or interest; a fellowship. See also fraternity.
Examples: brotherhood of blood, 1860; of lofty elms, 1814; of monks and friars, 1528; of mountains, 1843; of the sons of God, 1526.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.brotherhood - the kinship relation between a male offspring and the siblingsbrotherhood - the kinship relation between a male offspring and the siblings
family relationship, kinship, relationship - (anthropology) relatedness or connection by blood or marriage or adoption
2.brotherhood - people engaged in a particular occupation; "the medical fraternity"
social class, socio-economic class, stratum, class - people having the same social, economic, or educational status; "the working class"; "an emerging professional class"
brother - a male person who is a fellow member (of a fraternity or religion or other group); "none of his brothers would betray him"
sodalist - a member of a sodality
3.brotherhood - the feeling that men should treat one another like brothers
friendliness - a feeling of liking for another person; enjoyment in their company
4.brotherhood - an organization of employees formed to bargain with the employerbrotherhood - an organization of employees formed to bargain with the employer; "you have to join the union in order to get a job"
organization, organisation - a group of people who work together
industrial union, vertical union - a labor union that admits all workers in a given industry irrespective of their craft
craft union - a labor union whose membership is restricted to workers in a particular craft
company union - a union of workers for a single company; a union not affiliated with a larger union
labor movement, trade union movement, labor - an organized attempt by workers to improve their status by united action (particularly via labor unions) or the leaders of this movement
I.W.W., Industrial Workers of the World, IWW - a former international labor union and radical labor movement in the United States; founded in Chicago in 1905 and dedicated to the overthrow of capitalism; its membership declined after World War I


1. fellowship, kinship, companionship, comradeship, friendliness, camaraderie, brotherliness He believed in socialism and the brotherhood of man.
2. association, order, union, community, society, league, alliance, clan, guild, fraternity, clique, coterie a secret international brotherhood
أخوّهرابِطَةٌ ذات هَدَفٍ مُشْتَرَك
bræîralagfélagssamtök, regla


[ˈbrʌðəhʊd] N
1.fraternidad f
the brotherhood of manla fraternidad humana
2. (= group) → hermandad f


[ˈbrʌðərhʊd] nfraternité fbrother-in-law [ˈbrʌðərɪnlɔː] nbeau-frère m


[ˈbrʌðəˌhʊd] nfratellanza, fraternità; (group) → confraternita


(ˈbraðə) noun
1. the title given to a male child to describe his relationship to the other children of his parents. I have two brothers.
2. a fellow member of any group (also adjective). brother officers.
3. (plural also brethren (ˈbreθrən) ) a member of a religious group. The brothers of the order prayed together; The brethren met daily.
ˈbrotherhood noun
1. the state of being a brother. the ties of brotherhood.
2. an association of men for a certain purpose.
ˈbrother-in-lawplural ˈbrothers-in-law noun
1. the brother of one's husband or wife.
2. the husband of one's sister.
References in classic literature ?
While Laurie listlessly watched the procession of priests under their canopies, white-veiled nuns bearing lighted tapers, and some brotherhood in blue chanting as they walked, Amy watched him, and felt a new sort of shyness steal over her, for he was changed, and she could not find the merry-faced boy she left in the moody-looking man beside her.
A similar yearning to renew the broken links of brotherhood with his kind sometimes showed itself in a milder form; and once it was made beautiful by the religion that lay even deeper than itself.
It was well for their venerable brotherhood that the new Surveyor was not a politician, and though a faithful Democrat in principle, neither received nor held his office with any reference to political services.
By the above definition of what a whale is, I do by no means exclude from the leviathanic brotherhood any sea creature hitherto identified with the whale by the best informed Nantucketers; nor, on the other hand, link with it any fish hitherto authoritatively regarded as alien.
The gallant Perseus, a son of Jupiter, was the first whaleman; and to the eternal honor of our calling be it said, that the first whale attacked by our brotherhood was not killed with any sordid intent.
He forgot how he himself had been blind, a short time ago-- after the fashion of all crusaders since the original ones, who set out to spread the gospel of Brotherhood by force of arms.
On its borders I trust we stand; and the throes that now convulse the nations are, to my hope, but the birth-pangs of an hour of universal peace and brotherhood.
I use incantations myself, as this good brotherhood are aware -- but only on occasions of moment.
I die for my God, for my country, for freedom of speech, for progress, and the universal brotherhood of man
Madame Defarge wore no rose in her head, for the great brotherhood of Spies had become, even in one short week, extremely chary of trusting themselves to the saint's mercies.
Thus it came to pass that his movement of pity towards Sally Oates, which had given him a transient sense of brotherhood, heightened the repulsion between him and his neighbours, and made his isolation more complete.
Still it is in my mind, Slaughterer, that our brotherhood draws to an end, for the fate of him who bears the Watcher, and which my father foretold, is upon me.

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