Definition of brethren in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈbrɛðr(ɪ)n
archaic plural of brother


  • 1Fellow Christians or members of a male religious order. See also brother ( sense 2 of the noun).
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    • But then we got here and I saw how your own brethren in the Order have failed to appreciate your towering nobility.
    • He just couldn't bring himself to turn in his fellow brethren, so for the moment, he had to playact as one of them.
    • Some of their brethren - including the founder of the faith - had even been murdered for their beliefs.
  • 1.1 ironic or • humorous People belonging to a particular group: our brethren in the popular national press
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    • With an almost casual glance, she looked down upon the fallen body of her brethren.
    • As she wanders through the village, we see the incredibly evocative faces of her fellow Gypsy brethren.
    • The rest of my brethren were there milling about and chatting with their fellow creatures of the night.

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