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ˈbrɛð rɪnbrethren

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. brethrennoun

    (plural) the lay members of a male religious order


  1. brethrennoun

    the body of members, especially of a fraternal, religious or military order

  2. Brethrenadjective

    of or pertaining to any religious group that uses or formerly used the word "Brethren", capitalized, in referring to itself or its members

  3. Brethrennoun

    any Brethren denomination

  4. Brethrennoun

    a member of a Brethren congregation or denomination

  5. Etymology: From Early Modern English, from brethere, brether (+ -en), alteration, due to breþer, of broþor, broþru. Compare Brüder. More at brother.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Brethrennoun

    The plural of brother.

    All these sects are brethren to each other in faction, ignorance, iniquity, perverseness, pride. Jonathan Swift.


  1. brethren

    Brethren is a term used to refer to male members of a group, organization, or profession with a common characteristic or purpose. It may also refer to fellow members within a religious congregation, often used in Christian contexts. It serves as an archaic plural form of "brother".

Webster Dictionary

  1. Brethrennoun

    pl. of Brother

  2. Brethren

    of Brother

  3. Brethren

    of Brother

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Brethren

    breth′ren, pl. of Brother (q.v.).

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of brethren in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of brethren in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of brethren in a Sentence

  1. Charles Haddon Spurgeon:

    It will be an ill day when our brethren take to bragging and boasting and call it 'testimony to the victorious Christian life.' We trust that holiness will be more than ever the aim of believers, but not the boastful holiness which has deluded some of the excellent of the earth into vain glory, and under which their firmest friends shudder for them.

  2. Thomas Paine:

    The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.

  3. Giuseppe Mazzini:

    God has given you your country as cradle, and humanity as mother; you cannot rightly love your brethren of the cradle if you love not the common mother.

  4. Bible, Psalms 133:

    Behold, how good and pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity.

  5. Robin Ottaway:

    These are fascinating times in U.S. craft beer, and like many of our brethren, we talk to many different people who are interested in participating in this dynamic business.

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