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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 ?
a sort of cassock, were recognizable as attached to some devout sisterhood.
Instead of sustaining our sisterhood, under an overwhelming flow of Trousers which quite prostrated our little community, he had arranged to take coffee in Montagu Square, and to go to a ball afterwards
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.
Among other good principles upon which this society was founded, there was one very remarkable; for, as it was a rule of an honourable club of heroes, who assembled at the close of the late war, that all the members should every day fight once at least; so 'twas in this, that every member should, within the twenty-four hours, tell at least one merry fib, which was to be propagated by all the brethren and sisterhood.
But, happy Sissy's happy children loving her; all children loving her; she, grown learned in childish lore; thinking no innocent and pretty fancy ever to be despised; trying hard to know her humbler fellow-creatures, and to beautify their lives of machinery and reality with those imaginative graces and delights, without which the heart of infancy will wither up, the sturdiest physical manhood will be morally stark death, and the plainest national prosperity figures can show, will be the Writing on the Wall, - she holding this course as part of no fantastic vow, or bond, or brotherhood, or sisterhood, or pledge, or covenant, or fancy dress, or fancy fair; but simply as a duty to be done, - did Louisa see these things of herself?
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.
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
It had walked for hundreds of years, if not as benefit-club, as votive sisterhood of some sort; and it walked still.
It 's time for lunch, girls, and I brought mine along with me, it 's so much jollier to eat in sisterhood.
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.
In some sisterhood of the strictest order, shalt thou have time for prayer and fitting penance, and that repentance not to be repented of.
The lines and tufts of green moss, here and there, seemed pledges of familiarity and sisterhood with Nature; as if this human dwelling-place, being of such old date, had established its prescriptive title among primeval oaks and whatever other objects, by virtue of their long continuance, have acquired a gracious right to be.