brother-in-law

noun
broth·​er-in-law | \ ˈbrə-t͟hər-ən-ˌlȯ How to pronounce brother-in-law (audio) , ˈbrət͟h-rən-, ˈbrə-t͟hərn- \
plural brothers-in-law\ ˈbrə-​t͟hərz-​ən-​ How to pronounce brother-in-law (audio) \

Definition of brother-in-law

1 : the brother of one's spouse
2a : the husband of one's sibling
b : the husband of one's spouse's sibling

First Known Use of brother-in-law

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Brother-in-law.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/brother-in-law. Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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brother-in-law

noun

English Language Learners Definition of brother-in-law

: the brother of your husband or wife
: the husband of your sister

brother-in-law

noun
broth·​er-in-law | \ ˈbrə-t͟hər-ən-ˌlȯ \
plural brothers-in-law

Kids Definition of brother-in-law

1 : the brother of a person's husband or wife
2 : the husband of a person's sister

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