brethren

breth·​ren | \ ˈbret͟h-rən How to pronounce brethren (audio) ; ˈbre-t͟hə-, -t͟hərn \

Definition of brethren

 (Entry 1 of 2)

plural of brother

used chiefly in formal or solemn address or in referring to the members of a profession, society, or religious denomination our church brethren

Brethren

plural noun

Definition of Brethren (Entry 2 of 2)

religion : members of various sects originating chiefly in 18th century German Pietism especially : dunkers

First Known Use of brethren

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Plural noun

1797, in the meaning defined above

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“Brethren.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/brethren. Accessed 29 May. 2022.

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brethren

breth·​ren | \ ˈbret͟h-rən How to pronounce brethren (audio) \

Kids Definition of brethren

plural of brother

Hint: Brethren is used chiefly in formal situations.

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