Wordsmith.Org


A.Word.A.Day

About Us | What's New | Search | Site Map | Contact Us  


Home

Today's Word

Yesterday's Word

Archives

FAQ


Feb 17, 2005
This week's theme
Feminine and masculine forms of words

This week's words
matrocliny
muliebrity
misandry
sororal
matriarch

Got a website?
Free content for your site
Words, quotations & more
Discuss
Feedback
RSS/XML
Bookmark and Share Facebook Twitter Digg MySpace Bookmark and Share
A.Word.A.Day
with Anu Garg

sororal

Pronunciation RealAudio

sororal (suh-ROR-uhl) adjective

Of or pertaining to a sister; sisterly.

[From Latin soror (sister). Ultimately from Indo-European root swesor- (sister) that is also the source of words cousin and sister, and words for sister in other languages such as French soeur, German Schwester, and Dutch zuster.]

Fraternal is the male equivalent of this term.

See more usage examples of sororal in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

"Today, the Williams sisters face off to decide which will advance to the women's finals of tennis's most famous tournament. Venus, 20, and Serena, 18, have publicly rejoiced in the sororal showdown."
Frank Ahrens; Sibling Scorekeeping: Will Tennis Match Be Love-All?; The Washington Post; Jul 6, 2000.

"Damiano creates several superb moments, among them a duet for Su-Feh Lee and Kathleen McDonagh in which the two dancers slowly embrace and release across a brilliant well of light. Each time they deliver a different version of female compassion: now maternal, now sororal, now carnal."
Michael Scott; Direct From the Margins, Three Bring Restless Inspiration to Mainstage; The Vancouver Sun (Canada); May 14, 1994.

This week's theme: feminine and masculine forms of words.

X-Bonus

Let the gods avenge themselves. -Roman law maxim, on blasphemy

Give the Gift of Words
This season, share the magic of words. Send a gift subscription of A.Word.A.Day.

The Book:
A Word A Day is now a book. Find it in your local bookstore or at Amazon.com.

"A delightful, quirky collection." -The New York Times

Join Us:
Subscribe to A.Word.A.Day to receive it in your mailbox every day.

Anu on Words:
Writer Magazine
Globe & Mail 

Interact:

Bulletin board
AWADtalk

Moderated Chat
AWADchat

Readers' Voice
AWADmail

Subscriber Services
Awards | Stats | Links | Privacy Policy
Contribute | Advertise

© 2014 Wordsmith