broth·​er ˈbrə-t͟hər How to pronounce brother (audio)
plural brothers also brethren ˈbret͟h-rən How to pronounce brother (audio)
: a male who has the same parents as another or one parent in common with another
: one related to another by common ties or interests
: a fellow member
used as a title for ministers in some evangelical denominations
: one of a type similar to another
: one who shares with another a common national or racial origin
especially : a Black boy or man : soul brother
capitalized : a member of a congregation of men not in holy orders and usually in hospital or school work
: 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 on the Web Other Biden family members have been present for the trial to offer support, including the president's brother, James. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, 12 June 2024 Her brother, Gwi-ju (Jang Ki-young), downs a stiff drink while his mother, Man-heum (Ko Do-shim) simultaneously berates him for no longer being able to travel back in time and laments the insomnia that stops her dreaming of the future. Geoffrey Bunting, TIME, 12 June 2024 Smith’s brother, Chris Volz, said authorities later determined his sister died of a carotid artery dissection in her neck, according to ABC News. Abigail Adams, Peoplemag, 12 June 2024 That’s when Bell met him and his brothers, Frank and Lee. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 12 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for brother 

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Word History


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 the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Brother.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


broth·​er ˈbrət͟h-ər How to pronounce brother (audio)
plural brothers also brethren ˈbret͟h- (ə-)rən How to pronounce brother (audio)
: a male who has one or both parents in common with another
: a male relative
: a fellow member of a group
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