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 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"

Wiktionary

  1. brothernoun

    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. brothernoun

    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. brothernoun

    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. brothernoun

    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. brothernoun

    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. brothernoun

    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. brotherverb

    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. 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.

    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. 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.

    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. Brothernoun

    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. 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

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. 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.

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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

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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. Shirell Powell:

    That is my baby brother, so it was really hurtful, i was worried, hurt, crying, screaming, calling everybody. It was a horrible feeling.

  2. Neil Quilliam:

    The magnitude of these attacks is not lost on the population, nor is the fact that he (the crown prince) is the minister of defense and his brother is deputy defense minister, and yet arguably the country has suffered its largest attack ever and on the crown jewels, there's a diminishing confidence in his ability to secure the country – and that's a consequence of his policies.

  3. The Lawrence County Sheriffs Office:

    Rest In Peace, Brother. We have the watch from here, job well done, Sir.

  4. Haji Lashkari Raisani:

    My brother Siraj Raisani has been martyred.

  5. Rusty Monhollon:

    It also helps big sister Rivers and little brother Dominic have some semblance of normalcy while their parents and sister are away.

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