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breth·ren

 (brĕth′rən)
n.
1. A plural of brother.
2. Brethren Any of various Protestant denominations, especially those arising out of the Anabaptist and Pietist movements in Central Europe between the 15th and 18th centuries.

brethren

(ˈbrɛðrɪn)
pl n
1. archaic a plural of brother
2. fellow members of a religion, sect, society, etc

breth•ren

(ˈbrɛð rɪn)

n.pl.
1. male members, as of a congregation or fraternal organization; fellow members.
2. Archaic. brothers.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.brethren - (plural) the lay members of a male religious order
plural, plural form - the form of a word that is used to denote more than one
religious order, religious sect, sect - a subdivision of a larger religious group
Translations

brethren

[ˈbreðrɪn] NPL (irr pl of brother) (esp Rel) → hermanos mpl

brethren

[ˈbrɛðrɪn] npl (old-fashioned)frères mpl

brethren

pl (obs, Eccl) → Brüder pl

brother

(ˈbraðə) noun
1. the title given to a male child to describe his relationship to the other children of his parents. I have two brothers.
2. a fellow member of any group (also adjective). brother officers.
3. (plural also brethren (ˈbreθrən) ) a member of a religious group. The brothers of the order prayed together; The brethren met daily.
ˈbrotherhood noun
1. the state of being a brother. the ties of brotherhood.
2. an association of men for a certain purpose.
ˈbrother-in-lawplural ˈbrothers-in-law noun
1. the brother of one's husband or wife.
2. the husband of one's sister.
References in classic literature ?
There was a buzz and murmur among the white-frocked brethren at this grave charge; but the Abbot held up his long quivering hand.
A week in your cells, false brethren, a week of rye-bread and lentils, with double lauds and double matins, may help ye to remembrance of the laws under which ye live.
Now, at this time nearly a hundred men of the People of the Axe had been killed and of the Slayers some fifty men, for, having been awakened by the crying of Galazi, the soldiers of the axe fought bravely, though none saw where his brother stood, and none knew whither their chief had fled except those ten who went with the brethren.
At length the brethren are beaten back; they break out as they broke in, and are gone, with such of their wolf-folk as were left alive.
Then the brethren hurled their spears at them and killed three men.
Now Faku bids the men who are left to hold their shields together and push the two from the mouths of the paths, and this they do, losing four more men at the hands of the brethren before it is done.
So the two brethren, as they could do nought else, having mounted their nags, turned their noses toward Lincoln and rode away.
While they were in sight of those at the inn, the brothers walked their horses soberly, not caring to make ill matters worse by seeming to run away from Little John, for they could not but think how it would sound in folks' ears when they heard how the brethren of Fountain Abbey scampered away from a strolling friar, like the Ugly One, when the blessed Saint Dunstan loosed his nose from the red-hot tongs where he had held it fast; but when they had crossed the crest of the hill and the inn was lost to sight, quoth the fat Brother to the thin Brother, "Brother Ambrose, had we not better mend our pace?
Behold, here is a new table; but where are my brethren who will carry it with me to the valley and into hearts of flesh?
O my brethren, he who is a firstling is ever sacrificed.
Ah, my brethren, how could firstlings fail to be sacrifices!
O my brethren, are ye also evil enough for THIS truth?