brother

noun broth·er \ ˈbrə-t͟hər \

Definition of brother

plural brothers also brethren play \ˈbret͟h-rən; ˈbre-t͟hə-rən, -t͟hərn\
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
5 a :kinsman
b :one who shares with another a common national or racial origin; especially :soul brother
6 a 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

  1. We must support our brothers and sisters fighting overseas.

  2. the brothers in a monastery

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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

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BROTHER Defined for English Language Learners

brother

noun

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

brother

noun broth·er \ ˈbrə-t͟hər \

Definition of brother for Students

plural brothers also brethren \ˈbret͟h-rən\
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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