- brotherhood (n.) equivalent of O.E. broþerrede "fellowship, brotherhood," with ending as in KINDRED (Cf. kindred); in early Middle English the word was brotherhede with ending as in MAIDENHEAD (Cf. maidenhead). The modern word, with -HOOD (Cf. -hood), is from 15c. Originally "relationship of a brother," also "friendly companionship." Concrete sense of "an association, a fraternity" is from mid-14c. in the Middle English word (later also "labor union," 1880s). Old English also had broðorscipe "brothership," broðorsibb "kinship of brothers."
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