blood brother


: a brother by birth
: one of two men pledged to mutual loyalty by a ceremonial use of each other's blood
blood brotherhood noun

Examples of blood brother in a Sentence

He would never betray me—he's my blood brother.
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Word History

First Known Use

1799, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of blood brother was in 1799

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“Blood brother.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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