What does Brother mean?

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

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Brother.

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.


  1. Brother

    Brother is a song by the American rock band Alice in Chains and the opening track on their 1992 acoustic EP Sap. The song was written by guitarist and vocalist Jerry Cantrell for his younger brother, David. Cantrell sings lead vocals in the song, while Heart lead singer Ann Wilson sings backing vocals. An acoustic version performed on Alice in Chains' MTV Unplugged in 1996 was released in a live album and DVD. The song was included on the compilation albums Music Bank (1999) and The Essential Alice in Chains (2006).


  1. brother

    A brother is a male sibling, typically from the same parents or sharing at least one biological or legal parent. It is a familial relationship in which two individuals are related as siblings, often growing up together in the same household and sharing common experiences and connections. Brothers can be supportive, protective, and share a bond of fraternity, although sibling dynamics can vary greatly based on individual personalities and family dynamics.

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.

Editors Contribution

  1. brothernoun

    1.) a man or boy in relation to other sons and daughters of his parents. A male associate or fellow member of an organization. 2.) A member of a religious order or congregation of men. Soldiers fighting together, esp. in a war. 3.) With reference to pure order denoting a native of a place he related to him or her.

    My brother and brothers will forever have a place to live in my heart.

    Etymology: Sibling

    Submitted by Tehorah_Elyon on April 16, 2024  

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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. Bruce Hill:

    I was fortunate enough to see my brother several times in Vietnam … I got home and a month later he was killed.

  2. Caliel Blocker:

    Right now Im so hurt. Im so hurt. My brother didnt deserve any of this at all, thats my youngest brother. We had a bond that was inseparable. I want yall to pray for my mom. Pray for her.

  3. Anthony Scott:

    There was not a struggle for the Taser, i didn't believe my brother would have done that anyway.

  4. Piet Ploeg:

    You want to believe that your brother will come home. He didn't come home.

  5. Steve Reszka:

    My mom's brother was a full-blown diabetic and he died far too early. My mom's sister also died after having diabetes, i signed up for a trial in part to be altruistic and in part because I wanted to see if the drug they were testing would help me.

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