[syn: union, labor union, trade union, trades union, brotherhood]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Brotherhood \Broth"er*hood\, n. [Brother + -hood.]
1. The state of being brothers or a brother.
2. An association for any purpose, as a society of monks; a
3. The whole body of persons engaged in the same business, --
especially those of the same profession; as, the legal or
4. Persons, and, poetically, things, of a like kind.
A brotherhood of venerable trees. --Wordsworth.
Syn: Fraternity; association; fellowship; sodality.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: the kinship relation between a male offspring and the
2: people engaged in a particular occupation; "the medical
fraternity" [syn: 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 union in order to get a job"
[syn: union, labor union, trade union, trades union,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
98 Moby Thesaurus words for "brotherhood":
affectionateness, affiliation, agnation, alliance, ancestry,
association, benignancy, benignity, blood, blood relationship,
boon companionship, brotherliness, brothership, camaraderie,
chumship, circle, clique, club, cognation, colleagueship,
common ancestry, common descent, community, community of interest,
companionship, compassion, comradeship, confraternity, confrerie,
connection, consanguinity, consortship, country club, cousinhood,
cousinship, enation, esprit de corps, fatherhood,
feeling of kinship, fellow feeling, fellowship, filiation,
fraternal feeling, fraternal order, fraternalism, fraternity,
freemasonry, friendship, goodness, goodness of heart, graciousness,
guild, heart of gold, humaneness, humanity, kindheartedness,
kindliness, kindly disposition, kindness, kindred, kinship, league,
loving kindness, maternity, matrilineage, matriliny, matrisib,
matrocliny, motherhood, niceness, order, organization, paternity,
patrilineage, patriliny, patrisib, patrocliny, propinquity,
relation, relationship, secret society, set, sibship, sisterhood,
sisterliness, sistership, society, sodality, softheartedness,
sorority, soul of kindness, sympathy, tenderheartedness,
ties of blood, union, warmheartedness, warmth, warmth of heart