big brotherbig brother
- one's older brother
- [oftenB- B-] a man who undertakes the role of friend and mentor to a disadvantaged boy, as through a social agency
Origin of big brotherafter personified concept in 1984, novel (published 1949) by George Orwell[usuallyB- B-] the state or some other organization regarded as ruthlessly invading the privacy of individuals in seeking to exercise control over them
- An older brother.
- A man who assumes the role of an older brother, as by providing guidance or protection.
- a. also Big Brother An omnipresent, seemingly benevolent figure representing the oppressive control over individual lives exerted by an authoritarian government.b. A state, organization, or leader regarded in this manner.
Origin of big brotherSense 3, after Big Brother , a character in the novel 1984 by George Orwell
(plural big brothers)
- The nominal leader of Oceania in George Orwell's novel Nineteen Eighty-Four.
- By extension, a disparaging name for government surveillance considered to be too intrusive.
- Any omnipresent figurehead representing oppressive control
- Unwarranted, invasive, and discreet surveillance, especially of a people by its government