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- Someone's male sibling.
- A male having at least one parent in common with another, see half-brother, stepbrother.
- A male fellow member of a religious community or church. (plural: brethren or brothers)
- Someone who is a peer, whether male or female. (plural: brethren or brothers)
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
Broth"er (brŭ&thlig;"&etilde;r), n.;
pl. Brothers (brŭ&thlig;"&etilde;rz) or
Brethren (br&ebreve;&thlig;"r&ebreve;n). See
Brethren. [OE. brother, AS. brōðor; akin to
OS. brothar, D. broeder, OHG. pruodar, G.
bruder, Icel. brōðir, Sw. & Dan. broder,
Goth. brōþar, Ir. brathair, W. brawd, pl.
brodyr, Lith. brolis, Lett. brahlis, Russ.
brat', Pol. & Serv. brat, OSlav. bratrŭ, L.
frater, Skr. bhrāt&rsdot;, Zend bratar brother,
Gr. fra`thr, fra`twr, a clansman. The common plural
is Brothers; in the solemn style,
Brethren, OE. pl. brether, bretheren, AS.
dat. sing. brēðer, nom. pl. brōðor,
brōðru. √258. Cf. Friar, Fraternal.]
1. 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
Two of us in the churchyard lie,
My sister and my brother.
2. 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. "A brother of your
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers,
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother.
3. One who, or that which, resembles another in
distinctive qualities or traits of character.
He also that is slothful in his work is brother to
him that is a great waster.
Prov. xviii. 9.
That April morn
Of this the very brother.
&fist; In Scripture, the term brother is applied to a kinsman by
blood more remote than a son of the same parents, as in the case of Abraham
and Lot, Jacob and Laban. In a more general sense, brother or
brethren is used for fellow-man or fellow-men.
For of whom such massacre
Brother Jonathan, a humorous designation for the
people of the United States collectively. The phrase is said to have
originated from Washington's referring to the patriotic Jonathan Trumbull,
governor of Connecticut, as "Brother Jonathan." -- Blood
brother. See under Blood.
Make they but of their brethren, men of men?
Broth"er (&?;), v. t. [imp. & p.
p. Brothered (&?;).] To make a brother of; to call or
treat as a brother; to admit to a brotherhood. Sir W.
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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