noun, plural brothers, (Archaic) brethren.
- (often initial capital letter) a male numbered among the lay members of a religious organization that has a priesthood.
- a man who devotes himself to the duties of a religious order without taking holy orders, or while preparing for holy orders.
- broschi, carlo,
- brother jonathan,
- brother of the christian schools,
- brother's keeper, am i my,
Origin of brother
Examples from the Web for brother
The brother of a girl who made her debut in New Orleans society was shaking his fists in excitement.
Among the other graduates was Officer Kevin Lynch, brother and son of police officers.
A 2008 Pakistani raid near Turbat turned up Abdolhamid Rigi, the brother of Abdelmalek Rigi.The Dangerous Drug-Funded Secret War Between Iran and Pakistan|Umar Farooq|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Mating with a cousin or brother is safer than risking life and limb to mate with an outsider.Mongooses, Meerkats, and Ants, Oh My! Why Some Animals Keep Mating All in the Family|Helen Thompson|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But in the days ahead he, his brother, and the others will be back in the street while their families worry at home.Choking Back Tears, Thousands of Cops Honor Fallen Officer Ramos|Michael Daly|December 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
"But it is terrible to have the air so full of noise," continued the girl, as she made a little face at her brother.Walter and the Wireless|Sara Ware Bassett
James asked, when he and his brother were left alone with the wine.Poor Relations|Compton Mackenzie
There at that time lived Thorstein, Egil's son, his mother's brother.Laxdla Saga|Anonymous
I will ask our brother, Huya, the great war bird, to lead you to the Blackfeet camp.The War Trail|Elmer Russell Gregor
And to be sure when a man rises from the dead thus uninvited—your brother was the sole heir of our late master!The Robbers|Friedrich Schiller
noun plural brothers or archaic except when referring to fellow members of a religion, sect, society, etc brethren
- a male person belonging to the same group, profession, nationality, trade union, etc, as another or others; fellow member
- (as modifier)brother workers
- a member of a male religious order who undertakes work for the order without actually being in holy orders
- a lay member of a male religious order
Word Origin for brother
Old English broþor, from Proto-Germanic *brothar (cf. Old Norse broðir, Danish broder, Old Frisian brother, Dutch broeder, German Bruder, Gothic bróþar), from PIE root *bhrater (cf. Sanskrit bhrátár-, Old Persian brata, Greek phratér, Latin frater, Old Irish brathir, Welsh brawd, Lithuanian broterelis, Old Prussian brati, Old Church Slavonic bratru, Czech bratr "brother").
A highly stable word across the Indo-European languages. In the few cases where other words provide the sense, it is where the cognate of brother had been applied widely to "member of a fraternity," or where there was need to distinguish "son of the same mother" and "son of the same father." E.g. Greek adelphos, probably originally an adjective with frater and meaning, specifically, "brother of the womb" or "brother by blood;" and Spanish hermano "brother," from Latin germanus "full brother." As a familiar term of address from one man to another, it is attested from 1912 in U.S. slang; the specific use among blacks is recorded from 1973.
alternative plural of brother (q.v.); predominant c.1200-1600s, but surviving now only in religious usage.