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

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The foursome becomes a bickering, Gatorade-drinking Scooby gang out to solve the murders while also dealing with other townsfolk, including Mila’s crush (who's also Riley’s big brother), a nosy school newspaper reporter and a pack of biker ladies. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Four hot novels for teens to dive into this summer vacation," 3 July 2018 Now, the babies, both boys, are officially here, joining a big brother and sister (around ages 6 and 8). Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Chris and Morgane Stapleton Just Had Twin Baby Boys," 16 Apr. 2018 Beyond sticking out her tongue to taste the delicious window, Princess Charlotte was also photographed watching her big brother Prince George give a royal wave to the crowd. Lisa Ryan, The Cut, "Princess Charlotte Tastes a Delicious Window," 10 July 2018 Louis still hasn't been officially photographed with big brother, five-year-old Prince George. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Louis Christening Date Was Just Announced and It's a Lot Sooner Than You Think," 20 June 2018 Their big brother, Aza, rode on the gurney with them, with mom and dad close behind. Sarah Schreiber, Good Housekeeping, "[UPDATED]: The McDonald Twins Are Miraculously Stable After a Trying Weekend," 17 Oct. 2016 Saint, for example, seems to be loving being a big brother. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kim Kardashian Just Shared the Cutest Photo of North and Saint During Bath Time," 17 May 2018 The three-year-old royal made the cutest arrival to the ceremony at the Chapel Royal of St. James' Palace, while accompanied by her big brother Prince George and the rest of her family. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Princess Charlotte Tells Paparazzi "You're Not Coming" at Prince Louis' Christening," 10 July 2018 Crew joins four siblings: big brothers Drake and Duke and big sisters Ella Rose and Emmie Kay. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Chip and Joanna Gaines Just Announced Their Baby Boy's Name," 24 June 2018

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First Known Use of big brother

1809, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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