blood brother

noun

Definition of blood brother 

1 : a brother by birth

2 : one of two men pledged to mutual loyalty by a ceremonial use of each other's blood

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Other Words from blood brother

blood brotherhood noun

Examples of blood brother in a Sentence

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

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All of this – as well as the way race poisons the relation between blood brothers – is baked into his play; the opening performance at APT made clear that Parson is much too good a director to ignore it. Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Hard questions about race in APT's 'Blood Knot' compounded by casting decision," 18 June 2018 Even the central drama of the Winter Olympics — the rapprochement between blood brothers North and South Korea — feeds into the narrative of ethnic nationalism. Brook Larmer, New York Times, "South Korea’s Most Dangerous Enemy: Demographics," 20 Feb. 2018 Are James and Irving blood brothers if there's bad blood between them? Bill Livingston, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Cavaliers: LeBron, Kyrie and the blood transfer -- Bill Livingston," 31 Jan. 2018 The attacks marked the beginning of a terrible new season, one that would, alas, blossom in 2015 and 2016 when 239 people died in a series of terrorist attacks in France, some masterminded by other pairs of blood brothers. Rachel Donadio, The Atlantic, "A Terrorist's Brother—and France—on Trial," 4 Nov. 2017

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First Known Use of blood brother

1799, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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blood brother

noun

English Language Learners Definition of blood brother

: a man or boy who has promised to be loyal to another man or boy usually in a ceremony in which they mix their blood

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