Definition of brother
brethrenplay \ˈbreth-rən; ˈbre-thə-rən, -thərn\
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
6a capitalized : a member of a congregation of men not in holy orders and usually in hospital or school workb : 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
Recent Examples of brother from the Web
Caleb’s 11-year-old brother, Austin Edwards, was also shot to death in that living room early Sunday.
Fidel Castro slowly faded from view, becoming even less coherent, before dying at home in November, as his brother slowly rolled back their revolution.
The senior villager said that in that attack two brothers were killed who were not Al Qaeda but had been living alongside them.
The brothers debuted onstage as part of a YMCA youth group in Daytona, forming their first band – the Misfits – while attending a military academy in Tennessee.
The stock is down 15 percent since May 17, when the plea bargain deal signed by the Batista brothers became public, the biggest loss among global peers.
Rich's brother Aaron starts a GoFundMe page with a goal of $200,000.
But the biggest shake-up comes from the youngest brother, Ralph Angel (Kofi Siriboe), who discovers his father’s revised will, which leaves the entire farm to him.
Dixon later scored when older brother T.J. Dixon reached base on a Western Carolina error for the game's final run.
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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
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
BROTHER Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of brother for Students
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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