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ˈbrɛð rɪnbrethren

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. brethrennoun

    (plural) the lay members of a male religious order

Wiktionary

  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.

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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Numerology

  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. Vice President Biden:

    Very shortly, the most popular man in the world is about to come to the United States, why is he so popular ? he asked. Because his message, that whatever you do unto the least of my brethren, you do unto me.

  2. William Cullen Bryant:

    Difficulty, my brethren, is the nurse of greatness-a harsh nurse, who roughly rocks her foster-children into strength and athletic proportion.

  3. Daniel Ives:

    Although currency headwinds are massive for Oracle and its tech brethren, the company showed progress on the cloud front, which is key for tech investors moving forward.

  4. Patrick Henry:

    There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations, and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us. The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave. It is vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, peace, peacebut there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God!I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!

  5. Mother Teresa:

    Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.

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