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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. Ri Son Gwon:

    North Korea’s weapons are only aimed at the United States, not our brethren, China or Russia.


    rain a fall, breeze a blow. bend down low let me tell you what I know!- trench town days with ras cardo and the brethren and sistrens including- bob marley, peter tosh, cherry junior, and others.

  3. Anjem Choudary:

    If Muslims go anywhere in the world to defend their brethren this is a good thing. Of course it should be permitted to go and fight, anyone who goes and stands alongside them is noble. In anyone’s book it is the right thing to do.

  4. 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.

  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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