• WordNet 3.6
    • n sisterhood a religious society of women who live together as sisters (especially an order of nuns)
    • n sisterhood an association or society of women who are linked together by a common religion or trade or interest
    • n sisterhood the kinship relation between a female offspring and the siblings
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Sisterhood A society of sisters; a society of women united in one faith or order; sisters, collectively. "A sisterhood of holy nuns.""The fair young flowers . . . a beauteous sisterhood ."
    • Sisterhood The state or relation of being a sister; the office or duty of a sister. "She . . . abhorr'd
      Her proper blood, and left to do the part
      Of sisterhood , to do that of a wife."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sisterhood The state of being a sister; the relation of sisters; the office or duty of a sister.
    • n sisterhood 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. In the Roman Catholic Church the members of a sisterhood may be bound by the irrevocable vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience, and are then called nuns, or may be merely under one rule and bound by revocable vows. In the Church of England and its offshoots there are also sisterhoods, the members of which either take a revocable vow of obedience to the rule of their association, or live nnder the rule of the order without vow. Among the more important of the sisterhoods are the Sisters of Charity (see charity), the School Sisters of Notre Dame, the Little Sisters of the Poor, the Sisters of the Assumption, the Congregation of Sisters of Notre Dame, the Anglican Sisterhoods of St John the Baptist, of the Holy Communion, of St. Mary, etc. The Sisters of Mercy is an order founded in 1827 in Dublin, with purposes analogous to those of the Sisters of Charity. The vows are for life. A similar sisterhood in the Church of England was founded about 1845 for assisting the poor. It consists of three orders—those who live in community actively engaged in assisting the poor, those who live in community but are engaged in devotions and other secluded occupations, and those not living in the community but assisting it as co-workers. There are also a number of somewhat similar organizations in the Episcopal Church in the United States.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Sisterhood state of being a sister, the duty of a sister: a society of females, a community of women living together under a religious rule, and with a common object for their united life
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Sister, + hood,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. sweostor; Dut. zuster, Ger. schwester.


In literature:

The sisterhood, appointed by her and entirely dependent upon her liberality, would treat her with the deference due to a queen.
"Louis XIV., Makers of History Series" by John S. C. Abbott
In Sarawak there are six or eight European priests and schoolmasters and a sisterhood of four or five nuns.
"British Borneo" by W. H. Treacher
At that time a sisterhood of Carmelite nuns was driven from France to Antwerp.
"The Birthright" by Joseph Hocking
Within sight of their ruined home, the Sisterhood had found refuge.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
Fatherhood and Motherhood of God; Brotherhood of Man and Sisterhood of Woman.
"India, Its Life and Thought" by John P. Jones
Was it the ghost of Madame Richard who stood there pale, cold, and in the sombre garb of her sisterhood?
"The Master Mummer" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
What enterprise or interest have a sisterhood of nuns to farm their property?
"Pilgrimage from the Alps to the Tiber" by James Aitken Wylie
Next Monday morning saw Bloomah at her desk, happiest of a radiant sisterhood.
"Ghetto Comedies" by Israel Zangwill
She could only disappear, hide in some nursing sisterhood.
"The Innocent Adventuress" by Mary Hastings Bradley
But we have not found any lack of money among the Sisterhood.
"Lotus Buds" by Amy Carmichael

In poetry:

Yet surely she, without reproof,
Greeting may send from realms aloof,
And even claim a tie in blood,
And dare to deem it sisterhood.
"To Austin Dobson" by William Watson
Upon the highest window-ledge
    A glowing scarlet flower shines down.
Oh, wistful sisterhood, whose home
    Has sanctified this quiet town!
"The Widow's House" by Sarah Orne Jewett
Hail! United States of Africa-free!
Hail! Motherland most bright, divinely fair!
State in perfect sisterhood united,
Born of truth; mighty thou shalt ever be.
"Hail! United States of Africa" by Marcus Mosiah Garvey
Land of his love! with one glad voice
Let thy great sisterhood rejoice;
A century's suns o'er thee have risen and set,
And, God be praised, we are one nation yet.
"The Vow Of Washington" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Yet through the gray and sombre wood,
Against the dusk of fir and pine,
Last of their floral sisterhood,
The hazel’s yellow blossoms shine,
The tawny gold of Afric’s mine!
"Hazel Blossoms" by John Greenleaf Whittier
And is it not a gladness, that man, thy brother man,
And woman's gentle sisterhood, and childhood, where it can,
Are eager here to bless thee,-- tho' Mammon seems to ban--
To bless, yes, all among the million?
"One Among The Million" by Martin Farquhar Tupper

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It's more than a charity, it's a sisterhood .
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