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Meaning of brother by Wiktionary Dictionary


    Alternative forms

    • brotha ( Jamaican English )


    Old English brōþor, from Proto-Germanic *brōþēr ( cf. West Frisian broer, Dutch broeder, German Bruder ), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰréh₂tēr ( cf. Irish bráthair, Tocharian A pracar, B procer, Lithuanian brolis ) .


    • ( UK ) IPA: /ˈbɹʌð.ə/, X-SAMPA: /"brVD.@/
    • ( US ) enPR: brŭth'ər, IPA: /ˈbɹʌð.ɚ/, X-SAMPA: /"brVD.@`/
    • Rhymes: -ʌðə( r )


    brother ( plural brothers or ( archaic ) brethren )

    1. Son of the same parents as another person .
      My parents love me and my brother equally, even though he is adopted .
    2. A male child descended from the same parents .
      He's not our biological brother. He's adopted .
    3. A male having at least one parent in common with another ( see half-brother, stepbrother ) .
    4. A male fellow member of a religious community, church, trades union etc.
    5. Someone who is a peer, whether male or female .
    6. ( African US Vernacular ) A black male .

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    The plural "brethren" tends to be used more in broader senses than in familial ones .


    brother ( third-person singular simple present brothers present participle brothering, simple past and past participle brothered )

    1. ( transitive ) To treat as a brother.


Explanation of brother by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. a male with the same parents as someone else

    2. my brother still lives with our parents
    3. a title given to a monk and used as form of address

    4. a Benedictine Brother
    5. a male person who is a fellow member ( of a fraternity or religion or other group )

    6. none of his brothers would betray him
    7. used as a term of address for those male persons engaged in the same movement

    8. a close friend who accompanies his buddies in their activities