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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.
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brethren

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

(ˈbrɛð rɪn)

n.pl.
1. male members, as of a congregation or fraternal organization; fellow members.
2. Archaic. brothers.
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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
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Translations

brethren

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

[ˈbrɛðrɪn] npl (old-fashioned)frères mpl
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brethren

pl (obs, Eccl) → Brüder pl
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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.
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As Shaw points out, Mennonites, Quakers, Tunkers, Doukhobors, and eventually Christadelphians and Seventh-Day Adventists were granted exemption from military conscription on the basis of membership in a group, while members of the International Bible Student's Association (Jehovah's Witnesses after 1931) and Plymouth Brethren were not.