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brother

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noun broth·er \ˈbrə-thər\

Simple Definition of brother

  • : a boy or man who has one or both of the same parents as you

  • : a man who is from the same group or country as you

  • : a male member of a religious group

Full Definition of brother

plural brothers also breth·ren play \ˈbreth-rən; ˈbre-thə-rən, -thərn\

  1. 1 :  a male who has the same parents as another or one parent in common with another

  2. 2 :  one related to another by common ties or interests

  3. 3 :  a fellow member —used as a title for ministers in some evangelical denominations

  4. 4 :  one of a type similar to another

  5. 5 a :  kinsman b :  one who shares with another a common national or racial origin; especially :  soul brother

  6. 6 a capitalized :  a member of a congregation of men not in holy orders and usually in hospital or school work b :  a member of a men's religious order who is not preparing for or is not ready for holy orders <a lay brother>

Examples of brother

  1. We must support our brothers and sisters fighting overseas.

  2. the brothers in a monastery



Origin of brother

Middle English, from Old English brōthor; akin to Old High German bruodor brother, Latin frater, Greek phratēr member of the same clan


First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Forms of Address Terms

Rhymes with brother




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