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broth·er

 (brŭth′ər)
n. pl. broth·ers
1. A male having the same parents as another or one parent in common with another.
2. pl. also breth·ren (brĕth′rən) 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.
3. 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).
4.
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.

[Middle English, from Old English brōthor; see bhrāter- in Indo-European roots.]

brother

(ˈbrʌðə)
n, pl brothers or (archaic except when referring to fellow members of a religion, sect, society, etc)brethren
1. (Genetics) a male person having the same parents as another person
3. (Industrial Relations & HR Terms)
a. a male person belonging to the same group, profession, nationality, trade union, etc, as another or others; fellow member
b. (as modifier): brother workers.
4. comrade; friend: used as a form of address
5. (Ecclesiastical Terms) Christianity
a. a member of a male religious order who undertakes work for the order without actually being in holy orders
b. a lay member of a male religious order
interj
slang an exclamation of amazement, disgust, surprise, disappointment, etc
[Old English brōthor; related to Old Norse brōthir, Old High German bruoder, Latin frāter, Greek phratēr, Sanskrit bhrātar]

broth•er

(ˈbrʌð ər or, for 9, ˈbrʌðˈɜr)

n., pl. broth•ers, (Archaic) breth•ren; n.
1. a male offspring having both parents in common with another offspring; male sibling.
4. a man or boy numbered in the same kinship group, nationality, race, society, etc., as another.
5. (often cap.)
a. a male numbered among the lay members of a religious organization that has a priesthood.
b. a man who devotes himself to the duties of a religious order without taking holy orders, or while preparing for holy orders.
c. (used as a title for a brother, monk, or friar.)
6. Slang. fellow; buddy.
interj.
7. (used to express disappointment, disgust, or surprise.)
[before 1000; Middle English; Old English brōthor; c. Old Saxon brōthar, Old High German bruodar, Old Norse brōthir, Gothic brothar, Greek phratēr, Latin frāter, Skt bhrātṛ]
broth′er•less, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.brother - a male with the same parents as someone elsebrother - a male with the same parents as someone else; "my brother still lives with our parents"
big brother - an older brother
little brother - a younger brother; "my little brother just had his 50th birthday"
male sibling - a sibling who is male
half brother, half-brother, stepbrother - a brother who has only one parent in common with you
sis, sister - a female person who has the same parents as another person; "my sister married a musician"
2.brother - a male person who is a fellow member (of a fraternity or religion or other group); "none of his brothers would betray him"
faith, religion, religious belief - a strong belief in a supernatural power or powers that control human destiny; "he lost his faith but not his morality"
sodality, brotherhood, fraternity - people engaged in a particular occupation; "the medical fraternity"
Freemason, Mason - a member of a widespread secret fraternal order pledged to mutual assistance and brotherly love
fellow member, member - one of the persons who compose a social group (especially individuals who have joined and participate in a group organization); "only members will be admitted"; "a member of the faculty"; "she was introduced to all the members of his family"
3.brother - a close friend who accompanies his buddies in their activitiesbrother - a close friend who accompanies his buddies in their activities
cobber - Australian term for a pal
friend - a person you know well and regard with affection and trust; "he was my best friend at the university"
4.brother - used as a term of address for those male persons engaged in the same movement; "Greetings, comrade!"
friend - a person you know well and regard with affection and trust; "he was my best friend at the university"
5.Brother - (Roman Catholic Church) a title given to a monk and used as form of address; "a Benedictine Brother"
Church of Rome, Roman Catholic Church, Roman Church, Western Church, Roman Catholic - the Christian Church based in the Vatican and presided over by a pope and an episcopal hierarchy
monastic, monk - a male religious living in a cloister and devoting himself to contemplation and prayer and work

brother

noun
1. male sibling Have you got any brothers and sisters?
2. comrade, partner, colleague, associate, mate, pal (informal), companion, cock (Brit. informal), chum (informal), fellow member, confrère, compeer their freedom-loving brothers
3. monk, cleric, friar, monastic, religious, regular priests and religious brothers
Related words
adjective fraternal

brother

noun
A person whom one knows well, likes, and trusts:
Informal: bud, buddy.
Slang: sidekick.
Translations
أخأَخزميلعضو في جَمْعِيَّه دينيَّه
брат
germà
bratrkolegakrajan
brorbroderkollegakollega-
frato
omavelivend
برادر
veliveljeillä
brat
hittestvéröcsbátyféltestvérfiútestvér
bruder
bróðirbróîirfélagi; reglubróîirreglubróîir
兄弟
오빠
frater
bendražygisbrolijabrolisbrolystėsvainis
biedrsbrālis
frate
brat
brat
bratбрат
bror
พี่ชายหรือน้องชาย
брат
em trai

brother

[ˈbrʌðəʳ]
A. N (gen, Rel) → hermano m; (Trade Union etc) → compañero m
hey, brother!¡oye, colega!, ¡oye, tío! (Sp)
oh, brother!¡vaya hombre!
B. CPD brother workers NPLcolegas mpl

brother

[ˈbrʌðər] n
(= sibling) → frère m
my brother → mon frère
my big brother → mon grand frère
(= monk) → frère m
Brother Otto → Frère Otto

brother

n pl <-s or (obs, Eccl) brethren>
(also Eccl) → Bruder m; they are brother and sistersie sind Geschwister, sie sind Bruder und Schwester; my/his brothers and sistersmeine/seine Geschwister; the Clarke brothersdie Brüder Clarke; (Comm) → die Gebrüder Clarke; oh brother! (esp US inf) → Junge, Junge! (inf)
(in trade unions) → Kollege m
(= fellow man, DDR Pol) → Bruder m; his brother officersseine Offizierskameraden; our brothersunsere Mitmenschen or Brüder (geh, Eccl)

brother

:
brotherhood
n
brüderliches Einvernehmen, Brüderlichkeit f; sense of brother (lit)Brudersinn m; (fig)Gefühl ntder Brüderlichkeit
(= organization)Bruderschaft f; brother of manGemeinschaft fder Menschen
brother-in-arms
nWaffenbruder m
brother-in-law
n pl <brothers-in-law> → Schwager m

brother

[ˈbrʌðəʳ] n (gen) (Rel) → fratello; (Trade Union) → compagno

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.

brother

أَخ bratr bror Bruder αδερφός hermano veli frère brat fratello 兄弟 오빠 broer bror brat irmão брат bror พี่ชายหรือน้องชาย erkek kardeş em trai 兄弟

brother

n. hermano;
___ -in-lawcuñado;
half- ___medio ___.

brother

n hermano
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So you must try to be contented with making your name boyish, and playing brother to us girls," said Beth, stroking the rough head with a hand that all the dish washing and dusting in the world could not make ungentle in its touch.
The brother had died of starvation, and whenever the carpenter got upon that subject he cried.
Professor Bumper announced that he would see to it that the man's family did not want, and this seemed to give general satisfaction, especially to a brother who was with the party.
Though Antonia loved her father more than she did anyone else, she stood in awe of her elder brother.
Chingachgook"--he spoke in Delaware--"my brother, we have fought our last battle together, and the Maquas will triumph in the death of the sage man of the Mohicans, and of the pale face, whose eyes can make night as day, and level the clouds to the mists of the springs
He could not help but appreciate the dramatic qualities of the situation; that the richest man in Wall Street should appear in person to plead for a humble and weaker brother.
About this time my brother, Squire Boon, with another adventurer, who came to explore the country shortly after us, was wandering through the forest, determined to find me, if possible, and accidentally found our camp.
My brother is also a physician, and also of high standing, and he says the same thing.
In agreeable contrast, his brother, Maryland Joe, was attired in a thin fawn- colored summer overcoat, lightly worn open, so as to show the unstarched bosom of a white embroidered shirt, and a pair of nankeen trousers and pumps.
Such had been the state and condition of the little shop in old Hepzibah's childhood, when she and her brother used to play at hide-and-seek in its forsaken precincts.
The younger brother impatiently rejoined, `With twelve o'clock?
Presently the Wolf came to the large new hut which Umslopogaas had caused to be built for Nada the Lily, and entered it, for there he knew that he should find his brother Bulalio.