AskDefine | Define brotherhood

Dictionary Definition



1 the kinship relation between a male offspring and the siblings
2 people engaged in a particular occupation; "the medical fraternity" [syn: fraternity, sodality]
3 the feeling that men should treat one another like brothers
4 an organization of employees formed to bargain with the employer; "you have to join the union in order to get a job" [syn: union, labor union, trade union, trades union]

User Contributed Dictionary



brother + -hood


  1. The state of being brothers or a brother.
  2. An association for any purpose, as a society of monks; a fraternity.
  3. The whole body of persons engaged in the same business, -- especially those of the same profession; as, the legal or medical brotherhood.
  4. Persons, and, poetically, things, of a like kind.
    A brotherhood of venerable trees. Wordsworth.


state of being brothers or a brother
  • Finnish: veljeys
  • French: fraternité
  • German: Bruderschaft
  • Greek: αδελφοσύνη (adelfosíni)
  • Hebrew: אחווה (akhvá)
  • Italian: fratellanza
an association of any purpose, a fraternity
  • Finnish: veljeskunta
  • French: confrérie
  • German: Bruderschaft
  • Greek: αδελφότητα (adelfótita)
  • Hebrew: אחווה (akhvá)
  • Kurdish:
body of persons engaged in same business
persons of a like kind
  • Finnish: veljeskunta

Extensive Definition

Brotherhood, with the direct meaning of the state of being a brother come first
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See also

brotherhood in Bulgarian: Брат
brotherhood in Danish: Broderskab
brotherhood in German: Bruderschaft
brotherhood in Spanish: Hermano
brotherhood in French: Fraternité
brotherhood in Dutch: Broeder
brotherhood in Japanese: ブラザー
brotherhood in Portuguese: Fraternidade

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