breth·ren \ˈbreth-rən; ˈbre-thə-, -thərn\

Definition of BRETHREN

plural of brother
—used chiefly in formal or solemn address or in referring to the members of a profession, society, or sect

First Known Use of BRETHREN

before 12th century

Other Forms of Address Terms

appellation, beatitude, emeritus, esquire, sire, sous


noun plural

Definition of BRETHREN

:  members of various sects originating chiefly in 18th century German Pietism; especially :  dunkers

First Known Use of BRETHREN


Other Christian Religious Terms

Pentateuch, blasphemy, curate, doxology, eremite, iconoclasm, liturgy, orison, pneuma, reliquary
BRETHREN Defined for Kids


breth·ren \ˈbreth-rən\

Definition of BRETHREN for Kids

pl of brother
Hint:Brethren is used chiefly in formal situations.
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears