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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As a brother of the Night’s Watch, Jon Snow’s arc throughout Game of Thrones has always revolved around the inevitable war against the Night King. Carrie Wittmer, Harper's BAZAAR, "Arya Stark Is the Only Character Who Could've Killed the Night King on Game of Thrones," 1 May 2019 With four younger siblings, including a 15-year-old brother who lives with cystic fibrosis, Yolanda said a full scholarship would ease the family’s financial stress. Emily Bloch, Teen Vogue, "New Orleans Senior Antoinette Love Got Into 115 Colleges and $3.7 Million in Scholarship Offers," 26 Apr. 2019 Her parents and a brother spent last week visiting the site, beseeching investigators, Red Cross workers and the carrier’s chief executive in an ultimately vain effort to retrieve any remains or belongings. ... Andy Pasztor, WSJ, "With Personal Connection to Crash, Ralph Nader Takes on Boeing," 20 Mar. 2019 Patrick Mauries, one of my best friends—almost a brother—is a collector and writer on these lost or unknown English artists. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Talking With @fkachristianlacroix, aka the Real Christian Lacroix, About Instagram and the 1980s," 13 Mar. 2019 The rumors the two stars were dating followed soon after, but Selena shut them down on Ellen in 2010, totally rejecting him in the worst way possible — comparing the Biebs to a little brother! Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "11 Celebrities Who Were Rejected Publicly By Their Famous Crushes," 23 Jan. 2019 Jenner attended her brother-in-law Kanye West's Sunday Service performance at the music festival and called in hairstylist Cesar Ramirez to help. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Kylie Jenner's Coachella Braid Is Adorned With Seashells and Crosses," 22 Apr. 2019 Her brother Rhaegar is also crucial to the story for allegedly kidnapping Ned Stark’s sister, Lyanna, before he and his family were killed. John Carucci, The Seattle Times, "It’s not too late to dive into ‘Game of Thrones,’ with help," 13 Apr. 2019 That wasn’t the help her brother was looking for, however, or at least not all of it. Tia Powell, WSJ, "New Hopes for Dementia Care," 11 Apr. 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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