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[sis-ter-hoo d] /ˈsɪs tərˌhʊd/
the state of being a sister.
a group of sisters, especially of nuns or of female members of a church.
an organization of women with a common interest, as for social, charitable, business, or political purposes.
congenial relationship or companionship among women; mutual female esteem, concern, support, etc.
Usually, the sisterhood. the community or network of women who participate in or support feminism.
Origin of sisterhood
1350-1400; Middle English sosterhode. See sister, -hood Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The true purpose of a sisterhood isn't to have gossip buddies, a sewing circle, or a lunch gang.
  • Rhapsody over brotherhood--or sisterhood--was more suspect, than ever.
  • She decided that the best thing in life was sisterhood.
  • The females have a sort of sisterhood, where they collaborate so that they all get a chance to mate with the dominant one.
  • We scavenged our search results for reports on the screenings, implications of sartorial missteps, and expressions of sisterhood.
  • The remaining two are proof that sisterhood is powerful.
  • It's a parable of plucky sisterhood: hens who endure life's drab defeats while hoping for a break.
  • The sisterhood of the traveling pants eric is a student at columbia.
British Dictionary definitions for sisterhood


the state of being related as a sister or sisters
a religious body or society of sisters, esp a community, order, or congregation of nuns
the bond between women who support the Women's Movement
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Word Origin and History for sisterhood

"state of being a sister," late 14c., from sister + -hood. Meaning "a society of sisters" (usually a religious order) is from 1590s; sense of "women having some common characteristic or calling" is from c.1600.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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