Definitions

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

  • adj. Of, relating to, or resembling a sister; sisterly.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or pertaining to a sister.
  • adj. Related through someone's sister, e.g. sororal nephew.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Relating to a sister; sisterly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to a sister or sisters; sisterly.

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

  • adj. like or characteristic of or befitting a sister

Etymologies

From Latin soror, sister; see swesor- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin soror (“sister”) +‎ -al. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • However, after Leah’s marriage to Jacob, Leah’s sister Rachel also became a primary wife to Jacob — a marriage arrangement known as sororal polygyny.

    Zilpah: Bible.

  • Although Dorle (Friederike Becht) and Isabel (Luise Heyer) are sororal rather than identical twins, as they have grown up they've developed a coded system of determining how to respond to life's challenges and risks.

    George Heymont: What Part of the Word "Verboten" Did You Not Understand?

  • At the same time, it's about domesticity and family and sororal bonding.

    Teddy Wayne: Interview With Jami Attenberg, Author of "The Melting Season"

  • Ironically, as the sororal voices drop away owing to irreparable feuds or lost letters or death, the surviving sisters become more serious and open.

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  • Life in MIT dorms and fraternal/sororal organization is "normal" for people who live in MIT dorms, and for people in e.g.

    Making Light: Scholarly works to avoid citing at all costs

  • Has your fraternal organization, sororal organization, poker club, bridge club, drinking club, Morris dancing club, motorcycle gang, hip-hop dance team, amateur dramatic society, Sunday school class or transcendental meditation group considered pooling its money to donate to Children's?

    Donate a little or a lot to Children's Hospital to help sick kids

  • Vintage very kindly offered to send me a set of twins of my own and I've spent a week wondering whether I'd get fraternal or sororal, or one of each.

    Vintage Twins

  • In 1938, Roger Hollis joined MI5, the British internal security service, sister agency (not that sororal relations were always affectionate) to MI6, the Secret Intelligence Service: spy-catchers and spies respectively.

    Digging for Moles

  • Lydia suddenly felt a unique urge of sororal feeling for Audrey and spoke in her interest.

    The Houseguest

  • After a rocky first third of shopworn "where the Hell are we" bickery and clunky sororal jabs that probably looked better on the page than they sound hanging in the air, PLAGUE TOWN hits its stride in a series of discomfiting encounters that ratchet up the tension and give the production a palpable sense of visceral horror lacking in most genre product.

    "This whole trip is fucked"

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  • "Sibylla, though, was so fond of Willigis, fond of him with a passion that sat oddly with kinship, that sororal adoration would gradually blossom into carnal lust. . ." Gilbert Adair translation of Georges Perec's La Disparition

    August 11, 2010

  • "The question is often asked of me now, 'Are you still a feminist?' as if it were possible for me to be anything else. Everything I learn reinforces my conviction that the only corrective to social inequality, cruelty and callousness, is to be found in values which, if we cannot call them female, can be called sororal. They are the opposites of competitiveness, acquisitiveness and domination, and may be summed up by the word 'co-operation'."
    - 'The Madwoman's Underclothes', Germaine Greer.

    March 26, 2008