big brotherbig brother
- one's older brother
- ⌂ 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 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