big brother


Definition of big brother

1 : an older brother
2 : a man who serves as a companion, father figure, and role model for a boy
3 capitalized both Bs [Big Brother, personification of the power of the state in 1984 (1949) by George Orwell]
a : the leader of an authoritarian state or movement
b : an all-powerful government or organization monitoring and directing people's actions

Examples of big brother in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At the time, my big brother Brent had fallen in love with documentary film and was interning at Jon Alpert’s Downtown Community Television Center. Craig Renaud, Time, 17 Mar. 2022 The photo, which was taken over the summer at their home in Santa Barbara, also stars Lili's big brother. Stephanie Petit,, 4 Feb. 2022 Of course, players want to play for their coach/big brother/friend. The Enquirer, 7 Apr. 2022 Gravity-defying Clint is side-lighted by a window, somewhat deferential to big brother but more animated and quick to guffaw. Los Angeles Times, 7 Oct. 2021 And a source additionally told Us Weekly in June that Archie has loved being a big brother to Lili since the very beginning. ELLE, 19 Apr. 2022 The couple said their other son, Bodhi, 2, is excited to be a big brother. Brook Endale, The Enquirer, 14 Apr. 2022 One thing Noah has embraced this season is being the big brother to some of his younger teammates. San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Feb. 2022 The Alphafly is sort of like the flashier big brother to the Vaporfly, but according to SELF’s Digital Director, Amy Eisinger, it’s not built for your everyday runner. Hannah Singleton, SELF, 5 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of big brother

1809, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of big brother was in 1809

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16 May 2022

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“Big brother.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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