Definition of Brother

1. Noun. A male with the same parents as someone else. "My brother still lives with our parents"

Exact synonyms: Blood Brother
Specialized synonyms: Big Brother, Little Brother, Half Brother, Half-brother, Stepbrother
Generic synonyms: Male Sibling
Derivative terms: Brotherly
Antonyms: Sister

2. Noun. A male person who is a fellow member (of a fraternity or religion or other group). "None of his brothers would betray him"
Category relationships: Faith, Religion, Religious Belief
Group relationships: Brotherhood, Fraternity, Sodality
Specialized synonyms: Freemason, Mason
Generic synonyms: Fellow Member, Member

3. Noun. A close friend who accompanies his buddies in their activities.
Exact synonyms: Buddy, Chum, Crony, Pal, Sidekick
Specialized synonyms: Cobber
Generic synonyms: Friend
Derivative terms: Chummy, Chummy, Pal

4. Noun. Used as a term of address for those male persons engaged in the same movement. "Greetings, comrade!"
Exact synonyms: Comrade
Generic synonyms: Friend

5. Noun. (Roman Catholic Church) a title given to a monk and used as form of address. "A Benedictine Brother"
Category relationships: Church Of Rome, Roman Catholic, Roman Catholic Church, Roman Church, Western Church
Generic synonyms: Monastic, Monk
Derivative terms: Brotherhood

Definition of Brother

1. n. A male person who has the same father and mother with another person, or who has one of them only. In the latter case he is more definitely called a half brother, or brother of the half blood.

2. v. t. To make a brother of; to call or treat as a brother; to admit to a brotherhood.

Definition of Brother

1. Noun. Title of respect for an adult male member of a religious or fraternal order. ¹

2. Noun. Formal title for any male member of a religious or fraternal organization. ¹

3. Noun. An informal title used as part of another moniker: ¹

4. Noun. Son of the same parents as another person. ¹

5. Noun. A male child descended from the same parents. ¹

6. Noun. A male having at least one parent in common with another (see half-brother, stepbrother). ¹

7. Noun. A male fellow member of a religious community, church, trades union etc. ¹

8. Noun. Someone who is a peer, whether male or female. ¹

9. Noun. (African American Vernacular English) A black male. ¹

10. Verb. (transitive) To treat as a brother. ¹

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Definition of Brother

1. a male sibling [n -S or BRETHREN] / to treat like a brother [v -ED, -ING, -S] - See also: sibling

Medical Definition of Brother

1. Origin: OE. Brother, AS. Broor; akin to OS. Brothar, D. Broeder, OHG. Pruodar, G. Bruder, Icel. Broir, Sw. & Dan. Broder, Goth. Broar, Ir. Brathair, W. Brawd, pl. Brodyr, Lith. Brolis, Lett. Brahlis, Russ. Brat', Pol. & Serv. Brat, OSlav. Brat, L. Frater, Skr. Bhrat, Zend. Bratar brother, Gr, a clansman. The common plural is Brothers; in the solemn style, Brethren, OE. Pl. Brether, bretheren, AS. Dat. Sing. Breer, nom. Pl. Broor, broru. Cf. Frair, Fraternal. 1. A male person who has the same father and mother with another person, or who has one of them only. In the latter case he is more definitely called a half brother, or brother of the half blood. "Two of us in the churchyard lie, My sister and my brother." (Wordsworth) 2. One related or closely united to another by some common tie or interest, as of rank, profession, membership in a society, toil, suffering, etc.; used among judges, clergymen, monks, physicians, lawers, professors of religion, etc. "A brother of your order." "We few, we happy few, we band of brothers, For he to-day that sheds his blood with me Shall be my brother." (Shak) 3. One who, or that which, resembles another in distinctive qualities or traits of character. "He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster." (Prov. Xviii. 9) "That April morn Of this the very brother." (Wordsworth) In Scripture, the term brother is applied to a kinsman by blood more remote than a son of the same parents, as in the case of Abraham and Lot, Jacob and Laban. In a more general sense, brother or brethren is used for fellow-man or fellow-men. "For of whom such massacre Make they but of their brethren, men of men?" (Milton) Brother Jonathan, a humorous designation for the people of the United States collectively. The phrase is said to have originated from Washington's referring to the patriotic Jonathan Trumbull, governor of Connecticut, as "Brother Jonathan." Blood brother. See Blood. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Brother

broth of a boy
broth of a man
brothel creeper
brothel creepers
brothel keeper
brother (current term)
brother complex
brother german

Literary usage of Brother

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan (1860)
"brother, I see the gate, and men standing by to receive us ... Then said Hopeful, My brother, you have quite forgot the text where it is said of the wicked, ..."

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