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.
The definition of a brother is a boy or man with siblings, or a person who shares something in common with another person.
nounpl. broth′ers; chiefly religious, breth′ren
- 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
- [oftenB-] 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
Slang used to provide emphasis, often at the beginning of one's remarks
- 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 … 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 brōthor ; see bhrāter- 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:
brother - Legal Definition
A traditional term of collegiality (for example, “I respectfully disagree with my brother Smith on the issue of . . . .”), by which lawyers or judges refer to one another. When referring to more than one, the plural, brethren, is used. However, as more women enter the legal profession, more gender-neutral phrases, such as “my colleague,” are being used.