Translation of brother in Spanish:

brother

Pronunciation: /ˈbrʌðər; ˈbrʌðə(r)/

noun/nombre

  • 1.1 (relative) hermano (masculine) do you have any brothers and sisters? ¿tienes hermanos? I do love you, but like a brother te quiero como a un hermano, nada más the Jones brothers [literary/literario], the brothers Jones los hermanos Jones
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    • To Tara's parents, brothers and sisters, relations and friends we offer our deepest sympathies and wish upon her the light of Heaven.
    • She is mourned by her son, daughters, brothers, sisters, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law relatives and friends.
    • Children are encouraged to attend with parents, brothers, sisters, relatives and pets to direct their own family portrait.
    1.2 (male comrade) compañero (masculine)
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    • Others were from rugby teammates, fraternity brothers, business associates, and boyfriends.
    • I would like to remind my fellow brothers and sisters in the ANC that their primary objective should be service delivery and the eradication of poverty.
    • I now know that my fellow brothers and sisters, the lawyers of New Zealand, will be in a position to practise in front of the highest court of our country.
    1.3 (as form of address/como título de cortesía) (American English/inglés norteamericano) [colloquial/familiar], hermano [colloquial/familiar], tío (Spain/España) [colloquial/familiar], mano (Latin America except Southern Cone/América Latina excepto Cono Sur) [colloquial/familiar]
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    • Almost overnight, brothers shifted from Black Power chic to gangster buffoon.
    • I'm only picking on the brothers who wear the bling because of hip-hop's wide-reaching and conspicuous influence.
    • We didn't connect like the brothers would here.
    1.4 [Religion/Religión] hermano (masculine)
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    • My desire is that Protestants would see me as a friend and a brother in Christ.
    • Brothers in Christ means white brothers in Christ in many cases.
    • But I ask you as a brother in Christ to cease attacking my character and my mental stability.
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    • He had become a brother in the Carmelite order right after he had gotten out of high school.
    • The order also has 400 brothers and about 1,000 lay members.
    • The other prison, the Curragh, in Co Kildare, takes offenders who are priests and religious brothers.

exclamation/interjección

  • (American English/inglés norteamericano) [colloquial/familiar] (oh) brother! ¡Dios mío!

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Spain had three civil wars known as the guerras carlistas (1833-39, 1860, 1872-76). When Fernando VII died in 1833, he was succeeded not by his brother the Infante Don Carlos de Borbón, but by his daughter Isabel, under the regency of her mother María Cristina. This provoked a mainly northern-Spanish revolt, with local guerrillas pitted against the forces of the central government. The Carlist Wars were also a confrontation between conservative rural Catholic Spain, especially the Basque provinces and Aragón, led by the carlistas, and the progressive liberal urban middle classes allied with the army. Carlos died in 1855, but the carlistas, representing political and religious traditionalism, supported his descendants' claims until reconciliation in 1977 with King Juan Carlos.