big brother

noun

1
: an older brother
2
: a man who serves as a companion, father figure, and role model for a boy
3
Big Brother [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 The toddler is thriving and relishing his role as a big brother to his 9-month-old sister, Millie, born last fall. Joanne Fowler, Peoplemag, 14 July 2024 Kelce’s big brother, Jason, and sister-in-law, Kylie, also joined the Super Bowl champ in the audience. Jami Ganz, New York Daily News, 22 June 2024 There is joy as Ella is finally home with her parents and big brother at her family’s Litchfield home after being discharged from Blythedale Children’s Hospital, a pre-Father’s Day welcome change for the family that has faced unexpected complications since the baby was born. Sean Krofssik, Hartford Courant, 13 June 2024 Sailor is a doting big brother to his sister Lula, often posing affectionately in photos with her or twinning in matching outfits on his parents’ Instagrams. Sophie Dodd, Peoplemag, 2 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for big brother 

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Word History

First Known Use

1809, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of big brother was in 1809

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“Big brother.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/big%20brother. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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