Definition of brother
brethrenplay \ˈbreth-rən; ˈbre-thə-rən, -thərn\
1 : a male who has the same parents as another or one parent in common with another
2 : one related to another by common ties or interests
3 : a fellow member —used as a title for ministers in some evangelical denominations
4 : one of a type similar to another
6a capitalized : a member of a congregation of men not in holy orders and usually in hospital or school workb : a member of a men's religious order who is not preparing for or is not ready for holy orders a lay brother
Examples of brother in a Sentence
We must support our brothers and sisters fighting overseas.
the brothers in a monastery
Recent Examples of brother from the Web
Veil survived the Holocaust, but her mother, father and brother did not.
Her father and brother perished, somewhere, in the east.
Marano is survived by his Eileen; his children, Michelle, Richard Jr., and Christine; and his two brothers, Albert and John Marano.
That was the last time Yoshitada Nishikaichi saw his older brother.
Patron entered with a smaller group but still impactful as his brother, El Hijo de Dos Caras, and their father, Dos Caras, watched from around the ring.
His older brother, sleeping nearby, lost a leg at the same time.
The PSA stars the Dietz sisters' younger brothers, William, 5, and Benjamin, 10, and family friend Jared Richard, who is 18 years old.
Alma's mother and brother were both with her during the attack.
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Origin and Etymology of brother
Middle English, from Old English brōthor; akin to Old High German bruodor brother, Latin frater, Greek phratēr member of the same clan
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
BROTHER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of brother for English Language Learners
: a boy or man who has one or both of the same parents as you
: a man who is from the same group or country as you
: a male member of a religious group
BROTHER Defined for Kids
Definition of brother for Students
1 : a male person or animal related to another person or animal by having one or both parents in common
2 : a fellow member of an organization
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