Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The state or relationship of being a sister or sisters.
  • n. The quality of being sisterly.
  • n. A society, especially a religious society, of women.
  • n. Association or unification of women in a common cause.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. the state, or kinship of being sisters
  • n. the quality of being sisterly; sisterly companionship
  • n. a religious society of women

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state or relation of being a sister; the office or duty of a sister.
  • n. A society of sisters; a society of women united in one faith or order; sisters, collectively.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being a sister; the relation of sisters; the office or duty of a sister.
  • n. Sisters collectively, or a society of sisters; in religious usage, an association of women who are bound by monastic vows or are otherwise devoted to religious work as a vocation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a religious society of women who live together as sisters (especially an order of nuns)
  • n. an association or society of women who are linked together by a common religion or trade or interest
  • n. the kinship relation between a female offspring and the siblings

Etymologies

sister +‎ -hood (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • She ranted and raved about sexism, hinting that she may be of a private "sisterhood" (I would guess this sisterhood is all white).

    Report: Clinton able to continue run by postponing debt repayment

  • When women bond together in a community in such a way that "sisterhood" is created, it gives them an accepting and intimate forum to tell their stories and have them heard and validated by others.

    An Interview with Sue Monk Kidd

  • Our prominent woman sisterhood is telling these young women that they are strong enough to deal with this, Palin said.

    ProWomanProLife » The wisdom of Sarah Palin

  • The wisdom of Sarah Palin Read it, here: Our prominent woman sisterhood is telling these ...

    ProWomanProLife » The nerve

  • Instead of a utopia where women live together in sisterhood, there are desperately fighting factions.

    Tides from the New Worlds: Shoah Sry « A Working Title

  • January 14th, 2010 at 1: 52 pm the sisterhood is going to represent on her behalf and that it will be less close than generally anticipated.

    Matthew Yglesias » The Limits of Scott Brown

  • 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!

    The Turn of the Screw

  • Still others buy into the the feminist "sisterhood"--that any woman who accuses a man of rape is always telling the truth; believed for similar reasons.

    April 2007

  • She makes me ashamed to say 'sisterhood' - she has the double standards of all that is bad in our society - what makes me so mad is whatever she says - when she leaves she will get an over inflated pension paid for by us!

    Harriet Harman's Lesson in Shallowness

  • What ever happened to 'sisterhood' -- where are the feminists who are supposed to stand up for the rights of all women??

    Booker Rising

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