Brother definition

brŭthər
(slang) Used to provide emphasis, often at the beginning of one's remarks.
interjection
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A male having the same parents as another or one parent in common with another.
noun
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One who shares a common ancestry, allegiance, character, or purpose with another or others, especially:
  • A kinsman.
  • A fellow man.
  • A fellow member, as of a fraternity, trade union, or panel of judges on a court.
  • A close male friend; a comrade.
  • A fellow African-American man or boy.
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A fellow human being.
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A close male friend who is like a brother.
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A male having the same parents as another or one parent in common with another.
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Something, such as a corporation or institution, that is regarded as a member of a class.
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A lay member of a men's religious order.
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A stepbrother.
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A man or boy as he is related to the other children of his parents.
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A man or boy related to one by having a parent in common; half brother.
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A foster brother.
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A fellow member of the Christian church.
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Formal title for any male member of a religious or fraternal organization.

Please welcome Brother Smith as he moves from his former congregation to his new congregation.

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Title of respect for an adult male member of a religious or fraternal order.

At the monastery, Brother Stephen supervises the kitchen.

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The definition of a brother is a boy or man with siblings, or a person who shares something in common with another person.

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.

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A lay member of a religious order of men.
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A male fellow member of the same race, church, profession, organization, etc.

Fraternity brother.

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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.
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An informal title used as part of another moniker.

The Native American had a kinship with nature, even referring to Mother Earth and Brother Bear.

Jacob was a Brother Grimm, and Wilhelm was a Brother Grimm.

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Compare Mister.
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(informal) Any man.
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(slang) A fellow black who is male.
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(slang) A black man or boy.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
brother
Plural:
brothers

Origin of brother

  • Middle English from Old English brōthor bhrāter- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition