Two brothers with their mother.
- An example of a brother is a boy who has a sister.
- An example of a brother is a fellow member of a trade union.
- a man or boy as he is related to the other children of his parents: sometimes also used of animals
- a man or boy related to one by having a parent in common; half brother
- a stepbrother
- a foster brother
- a close male friend who is like a brother
- a fellow human being
- a male fellow member of the same race, church, profession, organization, etc.: fraternity brother
- ⌂ Slang a fellow black who is male
- ⌂ Slang a black man or boy
- a lay member of a men's religious order
- Informal any man: often used as a familiar term of address
Origin of brotherMiddle English ; from Old English brothor ; from Indo-European base an unverified form bhr?ter from source Gothic brothar, Classical Latin frater, Old Irish br?thir, Sanskrit bhr?tar, Classical Greek phrat?r
- A male having the same parents as another or one parent in common with another.
- pl. also breth·ren One who shares a common ancestry, allegiance, character, or purpose with another or others, especially:a. A kinsman.b. A fellow man.c. A fellow member, as of a fraternity, trade union, or panel of judges on a court.d. A close male friend; a comrade.e. A fellow African-American man or boy.
- pl. also brethren Something, such as a corporation or institution, that is regarded as a member of a class: “A station that &ellipsis; relies on corporate contributions or advertising to survive runs the risk of becoming virtually indistinguishable from its commercial brethren” (W. John Moore).
- a. Abbr. Br. or Bro. A lay member of a religious order of men.b. pl. also brethren A fellow member of the Christian church.
Origin of brotherMiddle English, from Old English br&omacron;thor; see bhrater- in Indo-European roots.
- Title of respect for an adult male member of a religious or fraternal order.
- Formal title for any male member of a religious or fraternal organization.
- An informal title used as part of another moniker:
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