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)

Synonyms: Fraternity, association, fellowship, sodality.

Origin: Brother + -hood.

(01 Mar 1998)

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