What does brother mean?

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

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word brother.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. brother, blood brother(noun)

    a male with the same parents as someone else

    "my brother still lives with our parents"

  2. brother(noun)

    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, sidekick(noun)

    a close friend who accompanies his buddies in their activities

  4. brother, comrade(noun)

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

    "Greetings, comrade!"

  5. Brother(noun)

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

    "a Benedictine Brother"

Wiktionary

  1. brother(Noun)

    Son of the same parents as another person.

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

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

  2. brother(Noun)

    A male child descended from the same parents.

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

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

  3. brother(Noun)

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

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

  4. brother(Noun)

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

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

  5. brother(Noun)

    Someone who is a peer, whether male or female.

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

  6. brother(Noun)

    A black male.

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

  7. brother(Verb)

    To treat as a brother.

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

  8. Brother(Noun)

    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.

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

  9. Brother(Noun)

    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.

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

  10. Brother(Noun)

    An informal title used as part of another moniker:

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Brother(noun)

    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. Brother(noun)

    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. Brother(noun)

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

  4. Brother(verb)

    to make a brother of; to call or treat as a brother; to admit to a brotherhood

Freebase

  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. brother(noun)

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

  2. brother(noun)

    Black male.

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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

How to pronounce brother?

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How to say brother in sign language?

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Numerology

  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. Joseph Smith, Jr.:

    Ever keep in exercise the principle of mercy, and be ready to forgive our brother on the first intimations of repentance, and asking forgiveness; and should we even forgive our brother, or even our enemy, before he repent or ask forgiveness, our heavenly Father would be equally as merciful unto us.

  2. Larry Levesque:

    Freedom of speech gives us all the opportunity to express our thoughts and react to them; but does this “ freedom” give “big brother”, the opportunity to dictate our way of life???

  3. Al Sharpton:

    This brother could be any one of us, so let them express and grieve, we are proud of them for standing for justice.

  4. Artemus Ward:

    I have given two cousins to war and I stand ready to sacrifice my wife's brother.

  5. Stuart Stevens:

    There's a dark side to each and every human soul. We wish we were Obi-Wan Kenobi, and for the most part we are, but there's a little Darth Vadar in all of us. Thing is, this ain't no either or proposition. We're talking about dialectics, the good and the bad merging into us. You can run but you can't hide. My experience Face the darkness, stare it down. Own it. As brother Nietzsche said, being human is a complicated gig. Give that old dark night of the soul a hug Howl the eternal yes

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