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Noun: brotherhood  'brú-dhu(r),hûd
  1. The kinship relation between a male offspring and the siblings
     
  2. People engaged in a particular occupation
    "the medical brotherhood";
    - 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 brotherhood in order to get a job";
    - union, labor union [US], trade union, trades union, labour union [Brit, Cdn]

Derived forms: brotherhoods

Type of: class, family relationship, friendliness, kinship, organisation [Brit], organization, relationship, social class, socio-economic class, stratum

Part of: labor [US], labor movement [US, Austral], labour [Brit, Cdn], labour movement [Brit, Cdn], trade union movement

Encyclopedia: Brotherhood