blood brother


a person's brother by birth.
a male person bound to another by ties of great friendship.
something usually associated with or thought to exist inseparably from another thing, quality, circumstance, etc.: Humility is often the blood brother of patience.
a male established in a close relationship with another male through the performance of a specific ritual, as the commingling of blood.

Origin of blood brother

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400
Related formsblood brotherhood, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for blood brother

brother, bro

Examples from the Web for blood brother

Historical Examples of blood brother

  • And how I've given you the love of a blood-brother to take the place of the brother who died?

  • What am I to do when a blood-brother is on the point of killing a cow?

    Indian Home Rule

    M. K. Gandhi

  • Something—the blood-brother of death—had been here on this planet, that much was certain.

    Thompson's Cat

    Robert Moore Williams

  • Though he were the King's blood-brother, he should tell for naught.

    The Ward of King Canute

    Ottilie A. Liljencrantz

  • Herein he is as unaccountable as the gray wolf, who is his blood-brother.

    Life's Handicap

    Rudyard Kipling

British Dictionary definitions for blood brother

blood brother


a brother by birth
a man or boy who has sworn to treat another as his brother, often in a ceremony in which their blood is mingled
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