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
A third grandchild Jonah (actor Matthew Ferro), Liam's brother, does his best to stay out of the battle between the feuding cousins.
The honor student was a passenger in a vehicle leaving the Balch Springs party on April 29, which also held his brothers and two other friends.
The Stuedle’s had a farm there and my granddad and one of his brothers married Stuedle sisters.
His sophomore brother Luke hit behind Frank on Monday.
Either way, the two loving brothers are also on opposite sides of the Targaryen invasion.
Mr. Kushner’s connection to OpenGov is through Thrive Capital, a venture-capital firm run by his brother, Joshua Kushner.
Moral of the story: Save your Legos (or steal some from your kid brother).
Like his brother, Alexander and grandfather George before him, Eric has attained the highest rank in scouting — Eagle Scout.
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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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