big brother

noun

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

First Known Use of big brother

1809


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