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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Wesson is back, along with his brother, Andre, plus promising sophomores Luther Muhammad and Duane Washington Jr. Molly Geary,, "Big Ten Offseason Report: Power Rankings and Burning Questions for 2019-20," 16 July 2019 In 1928, his family moved to Newington, where at the age of four he was sent to school with his older brother Warren., "Clifford F. Stamm Sr.," 15 July 2019 The Greek Freak was in the Bronx with his three brothers to promote his new signature sneaker., "ESPN founder Bill Rasmussen says he is dealing with Parkinson’s disease," 15 July 2019 The British socialite just attended the tournament earlier this week with brother James Middleton. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Pippa Middleton Wears a Sunny Yellow Wrap Dress at Wimbledon," 12 July 2019 Centuries ago, Ogadinma’s great-great-great-grandmother fell out with her brothers, stormed out of their home in anger, and took refuge with osu in another village, becoming one of them. Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani, The New Yorker, "The Descendants of Slaves in Nigeria Fight for Equality," 11 July 2019 Watch Brandon and the other veterans tell their stories in this video: While homeless, King slept in his truck and stayed with his brother every now and then. J.d. Crowe |,, "Alabama’s homeless veterans: Navy vet wants to teach his labor skills to others," 11 July 2019 Abdeljawad Ewais was arrested in December along with his brother Khalil Ewais. Eric Heisig,, "Brother of city of Cleveland engineer charged in corruption probe admits to federal tax charges," 9 July 2019 Wendy said Kortne had planned to go to a nearby fair with her brother and grandfather that day. Bianca Hillier, NBC News, "Parents, investigators still searching seven years after Pennsylvania woman Kortne Stouffer disappeared," 9 July 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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The first known use of brother was before the 12th century

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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


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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