broth·​er | \ ˈbrə-t͟hər How to pronounce brother (audio) \
plural brothers also brethren\ ˈbret͟h-​rən How to pronounce brethren (audio) ; 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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Before this year, Roger Federer’s last French Open match was a defeat to his friend, Swiss countryman and metaphorical little brother Stan Wawrinka. Jon Wertheim,, "Five Thoughts on Day 10: Federer's Decision to Play on Clay Was a Great One," 4 June 2019 Three Alex brothers won matches in Mounds View’s 7-0 victory over unseeded Lakeville South to advance to the Class 2A semifinals. Jace Frederick, Twin Cities, "State boys tennis: Mounds Views’ Alex brothers help lead team into 2A semis," 4 June 2019 Groshans' younger brother Jordan was taken 12th overall by the Blue Jays in the 2018 draft and currently plays in Class A Lansing. Arianna Vedia, Houston Chronicle, "Former Magnolia star Jaxx Groshans drafted by Red Sox," 4 June 2019 Arizona State power-hitting outfielder Hunter Bishop — younger brother of Mariners outfielder Braden Bishop — went to San Francisco, rounding out the first 10 selections. Dennis Waszak Jr., The Denver Post, "Orioles draft Oregon State catcher Adley Rutschman with No. 1 pick," 4 June 2019 Birdie Mae and Ace Knute are redefining the brother-sister bond! Jen Juneau,, "Proud Mom Jessica Simpson Shares Sweet New Photo of Son Ace Holding His Baby Sister Birdie," 4 June 2019 His people are diverse: J-1 visa workers from Russia and Nigeria, sisters from Mexico, a multiracial family from Minnesota, mature biker brothers from North Carolina. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "See the photographs that put the Dells on the map at an exclusive exhibit at West Bend's Museum of Wisconsin Art," 4 June 2019 Clearly, Netflix is looking to tap into that lucrative Russo brothers box office mojo, and who can blame them? Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Post-End Game, Russo Brothers to adapt Magic: The Gathering for Netflix," 3 June 2019 He’s represented by Reynolds Sports Management out of Riverside, and Mark Reynolds, brother of former major leaguer and MLB Network commentator Harold Reynolds. Marivic Watson, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Twins select Eastlake High’s Keoni Cavaco in first round," 3 June 2019

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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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The first known use of brother was before the 12th century

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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 How to pronounce brother (audio) \
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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