Brother Jonathan


Brother Jon·​a·​than
chiefly British
: the U.S. personified : the American nation or people
also : a typical American

Word History


brother entry 1 + Jonathan (the name); probably from the frequent use of Old Testament given names among the English colonists in America

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“Brother Jonathan.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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