Definition of brother in English:
1A man or boy in relation to other sons and daughters of his parents.
- 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.
1.1A male associate or fellow member of an organization: fraternity brothers
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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.
1.2 (also brotha or brutha) North American informal A black man (chiefly used as a term of address among black people).
- 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.
1.3A fellow human being.
- Comrades, friends, brothers and sisters - we were right.
- If we truly recognise vagrants as fellow brothers and sisters in desperate need of help, all concerned will move steadfastly to alleviate their woes.
- That smell, my fellow cellulite ridden brothers and sisters, that smell is not cup cakes, toaster strudel or spaghetti!
2 (plural also brethren /ˈbreT͟Hrin/) Christian Church A (male) fellow Christian.
- 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.
2.1A member of a religious order or congregation of men: a Benedictine brother
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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.
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brothers in arms
- Soldiers fighting together, especially in a war.Example sentences
- You are Sergeant Baker, the lead of your paratrooper squad, and you must push hard to ensure you can fight and survive through eight harrowing days that will define history, and unite you forever as brothers in arms.
- The Marines' remains are gathered by teary eyed comrades, brothers in arms, and shipped home in a box.
- Although focused on their challenging mission, the warriors on the front lines never forget their missing brothers in arms.