What does Brother mean?

Definitions for Brother
ˈbrʌð ər or, for 9 , ˈbrʌðˈɜrbroth·er

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. brother, blood brothernoun

    a male with the same parents as someone else

    "my brother still lives with our parents"

  2. brothernoun

    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, sidekicknoun

    a close friend who accompanies his buddies in their activities

  4. brother, comradenoun

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

    "Greetings, comrade!"

  5. Brothernoun

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

    "a Benedictine Brother"


  1. brothernoun

    Son of the same parents as another person.

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

  2. brothernoun

    A male child descended from the same parents.

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

  3. brothernoun

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

  4. brothernoun

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

  5. brothernoun

    Someone who is a peer, whether male or female.

  6. brothernoun

    A black male.

  7. brotherverb

    To treat as a brother.

  8. Brothernoun

    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. Brothernoun

    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. Brothernoun

    An informal title used as part of another moniker:

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. BROTHERnoun

    Plural, brothers, or brethren.

    Etymology: broðer, broðor, Saxon.

    Be sad, good brothers;
    Sorrow so royally in you appears,
    That I will deeply put the fashion on. William Shakespeare, Hen. IV.

    Whilst kin their kin, brother the brother foils,
    Like ensigns all, against like ensigns bend. Daniel.

    T’ whom Michael! thus, he also mov’d, reply’d:
    These two are brethren, Adam, and to come
    Out of thy loins. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. xi. l. 454.

    Comparing two men, in reference to one common parent, it is very easy to form the ideas of brothers. John Locke.

    We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
    For he, to day that sheds his blood with me,
    Shall be my brother. William Shakespeare, Henry V.

    He also that is slothful in his work, is brother to him that is a great waster. Prov. xviii. 9.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Brothernoun

    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. Brothernoun

    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. Brothernoun

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

  4. Brotherverb

    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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Brother

    bruth′ėr, n. a male born of the same parents: any one closely united with or resembling another; associated in common interests, occupation, &c.: a fellow-member of a religious order, a fellow-member of a guild, &c.: a fellow-creature, fellow-citizen, a co-religionist: (B.) a kinsman: pl. Broth′ers and Breth′ren, the latter esp. used in the sense of fellow-membership of guilds, religious communities, &c., and is a name given to certain sections of the Church of Christ, as Christian Brethren, Moravian Brethren, Plymouth Brethren, &c.—ns. Broth′er-ger′man, a brother having the same father and mother, in contradistinction to a half-brother, by one parent only; Broth′erhood, the state of being a brother: an association of men for any purpose; Broth′er-in-law, the brother of a husband or wife: a sister's husband.—adjs. Broth′er-like, Broth′erly, like a brother: kind: affectionate.—n. Broth′erliness, state of being brotherly: kindness. [A.S. broðor; cog. with Ger. bruder, Gael. brathair, Fr. frère, L. frater, Sans. bhrátar.]

Rap Dictionary

  1. brothernoun

    Man of the same group; friend. In the Bible you will read "brethern", which is used in the same meaning.

  2. brothernoun

    Black male.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Brother is ranked #73911 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Brother surname appeared 262 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Brother.

    82% or 215 total occurrences were White.
    8.4% or 22 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    8% or 21 total occurrences were Black.

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Brother in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Brother in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of Brother in a Sentence

  1. Vladimir Berezhnoy:

    He looked for his brother, tried to find anything that belonged to him. He came to our office, played piano. He was not angry.

  2. President Tayyip Erdogan:

    The United States said Baghdadi killed himself in a tunnel. They started a communication campaign about this, but, I am announcing it here for the first time: We captured his wife and didn't make a fuss like them. Similarly, we also captured his sister and brother in law in Syria.

  3. Chris Tucker:

    He was really smart and he was cunning at times, and his brother . . . was definitely cunning.

  4. Jazmine Reed:

    He was talking to me on Facebook Live, and he was like' Sis I'm sorry.' And I'm like' Brother what are you doing ? We can't think for them.'.

  5. Gerardo Gonzalez:

    The police killed my brother in the same manner they killed George Floyd, he's a lovely guy. He's respectful, all the time.

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