broth·​er | \ˈbrə-t͟hər \
plural brothers also brethren\ˈbret͟h-​rən; ˈbre-​t͟hə-​rən, -​t͟hərn \

Definition of brother 

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

5a : kinsman

b : one who shares with another a common national or racial origin especially : soul brother

6a capitalized : a member of a congregation of men not in holy orders and usually in hospital or school work

b : 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

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Shane Dawson launched a series on Logan’s younger brother Jake Paul, Majlak can be seen in the background of a defensive video where Jake rebuffs speculation about his mental health. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "Meet the babysitter who helps Logan Paul stay out of trouble on YouTube," 3 Dec. 2018 Both of her parents were physicians in the Indian Army, and Chopra and her brother, Siddharth, traveled the globe during their childhood years. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "5 Things You Didn’t Know About Priyanka Chopra," 1 Dec. 2018 The others charged were his younger brother, Mazen Farouki, who owned a logistics company linked to Anham, and Salah Maarouf, who operated one of Anham’s suppliers. Jessica Donati, WSJ, "Pentagon Contractor Charged With Illegal Iran Trade, Fraud," 29 Nov. 2018 Along with his father, Cliven, and brother, Ryan, Bundy became an ascendant figure on the right after a long-standing land dispute with federal authorities sparked an armed standoff at the family ranch in Nevada in 2014. Kyle Swenson, The Seattle Times, "Ammon Bundy breaks with Trump on anti-migrant rhetoric: ‘It’s all fear-based’," 28 Nov. 2018 The controversy started Sunday, when a rare interview with Houser and fellow studio co-founder (and brother) Sam Houser ran on New York Magazine's Vulture vertical. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Rockstar developers speak out about “100-hour weeks” comment," 18 Oct. 2018 Hemsworth brother, and a talented actor in his own right. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Luke Hemsworth Talks All Things Australia and Family Vacations With Chris and Liam," 17 Oct. 2018 Two brothers, Sean and Daniel Diaz, 16 and 9, are forced to run away from home after a tragic incident in Seattle. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Gabe Newell struggles with "triple kill" and BattleTech announces its first expansion," 24 Aug. 2018 Two white men — the woman’s then-husband, Roy Bryant, and his half-brother, J.W. Milam — were charged with murder but acquitted. Zak Koeske, Daily Southtown, "'Trayvon Martin before Trayvon Martin': 63 years after slaying, Emmett Till still visited daily at Alsip cemetery," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of brother

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for brother

Middle English, from Old English brōthor; akin to Old High German bruodor brother, Latin frater, Greek phratēr member of the same clan

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English Language Learners Definition of brother

: 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


broth·​er | \ˈbrə-t͟hər \
plural brothers also brethren\ˈbret͟h-​rən \

Kids Definition of brother

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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