brother

noun
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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Court records show that Smollett was accused of identifying himself as his younger brother and signing a false name on the promise to appear in court. Don Babwin, The Seattle Times, "Police dismiss tip Smollett, 2 brothers together in elevator," 20 Feb. 2019 Now, though, the big question is what will happen when Kate and her brothers and Rebecca find out that their uncle Nicky is alive. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, "This Is Us Will Reveal 'All the Answers' Next Week, So Get Ready," 15 Jan. 2019 Congrats to my brother @mrjdscott and soon to be sister @annaleebelle! Eileen Reslen, Country Living, "'Property Brothers' Stars Drew and Jonathan Scott's Brother JD Scott Is Engaged," 20 Nov. 2018 Looking at the crowd and seeing all my brothers and sisters who came to yoga was huge. SELF, "8 Influencers Making the Wellness World More Inclusive," 7 Nov. 2018 John Collison co-founded the startup Stripe in 2010 with his brother Patrick, and the pair have built it into arguably the most innovative online payments company in the world, valued on paper at $9 billion. Jason Del Rey, Recode, "Stripe co-founder and president John Collison is coming to Code Commerce," 12 Sep. 2018 After their father, Prince George, died in action during World War II, their mother received no public funding, and both brothers initially earned a living in the army, which did little to bolster their financial fortunes. David Mcclure, Town & Country, "How Queen Elizabeth's Fortune Is Divided Among the Members of the Royal Family," 16 Feb. 2019 That is, until Shelly falls in love with Lee’s older brother, and their friendship is forever changed. Alexis Jones And Deanna Janes, Harper's BAZAAR, "21 Rom-Coms to Stream on Netflix this Valentine's Day," 13 Feb. 2019 Jake Choi as Charles Bae: Daniel's older brother who recently got kicked out of Harvard. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Everything We Know About Yara Shahidi and Charles Melton's "The Sun is Also a Star"," 6 Feb. 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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brother

noun

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

brother

noun
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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