Definitions for brotherˈbrʌð ər or, for 9 , ˈbrʌðˈɜr

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

broth•erˈbrʌð ər or, for 9 , ˈbrʌðˈɜr(n.)(pl.)broth•ers; breth•ren

  1. (n.)a male offspring having both parents in common with another offspring; male sibling.

  2. Ref: half brother.

  3. Category: Common Vocabulary

    Ref: stepbrother.

  4. a man or boy numbered in the same kinship group, nationality, race, society, etc., as another.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  5. (often cap.) a male numbered among the lay members of a religious organization that has a priesthood. a man who devotes himself to the duties of a religious order without taking holy orders, or while preparing for holy orders. (used as a title for a brother, monk, or friar.)

    Category: Religion

  6. Slang. fellow; buddy.

    Category: Status (usage)

  7. (interj.)(used to express disappointment, disgust, or surprise.)

    Category: Status (usage)

Origin of brother:

bef. 1000; ME; OE brōthor; c. OS brōthar, OHG bruodar, ON brōthir, Go brothar, Gk phratēr, L frāter, Skt bhrātṛ


Princeton's WordNet

  1. brother, blood brother(noun)

    a male with the same parents as someone else

    "my brother still lives with our parents"

  2. brother(noun)

    a male person who is a fellow member (of a fraternity or religion or other group)

    "none of his brothers would betray him"

  3. buddy, brother, chum, crony, pal, sidekick(noun)

    a close friend who accompanies his buddies in their activities

  4. brother, comrade(noun)

    used as a term of address for those male persons engaged in the same movement

    "Greetings, comrade!"

  5. Brother(noun)

    (Roman Catholic Church) a title given to a monk and used as form of address

    "a Benedictine Brother"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. brother(noun)ˈbrʌð ər or, for 9, ˈbrʌðˈɜr

    a male sibling

    my brother's girlfriend; two younger brothers

  2. brotherˈbrʌð ər or, for 9, ˈbrʌðˈɜr

    ***a Catholic monk or priest

    ***Brother Dominic

  3. brotherˈbrʌð ər or, for 9, ˈbrʌðˈɜr

    ***a man who shares similar important experiences with you

    ***our brothers and sisters struggling against injustice


  1. brother(Noun)

    Son of the same parents as another person.

    My parents love me and my brother equally, even though he is adopted.

  2. brother(Noun)

    A male child descended from the same parents.

    Please welcome Brother Smith as he moves from his former congregation to his new congregation.

  3. brother(Noun)

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

  4. brother(Noun)

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

  5. brother(Noun)

    Someone who is a peer, whether male or female.

  6. brother(Noun)

    A black male.

  7. brother(Verb)

    To treat as a brother.

  8. Brother(Noun)

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

    My parents love me and my brother equally, even though he is adopted.

  9. Brother(Noun)

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

    Please welcome Brother Smith as he moves from his former congregation to his new congregation.

  10. Brother(Noun)

    An informal title used as part of another moniker:

  11. Origin: broþor, from brōþēr (cf. West Frisian broer, Dutch broeder, German Bruder), from bʰréh₂tēr (cf. Irish bráthair, Tocharian A pracar, B procer, Lithuanian brolis).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Brother(noun)

    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. Brother(noun)

    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, lawyers, professors of religion, etc

  3. Brother(noun)

    one who, or that which, resembles another in distinctive qualities or traits of character

  4. Brother(verb)

    to make a brother of; to call or treat as a brother; to admit to a brotherhood


  1. Brother

    Brother is a 2000 film starring, written, directed and edited by Japanese filmmaker Takeshi Kitano. It is also his fifth collaboration with renowned Japanese composer Joe Hisaishi. This was also Kitano's first collaboration with designer Yohji Yamamoto.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'brother' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1250

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'brother' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1025

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'brother' in Nouns Frequency: #361

Translations for brother

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the title given to a male child to describe his relationship to the other children of his parents

I have two brothers.

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