• WordNet 3.6
    • n brother a male with the same parents as someone else "my brother still lives with our parents"
    • n Brother (Roman Catholic Church) a title given to a monk and used as form of address "a Benedictine Brother"
    • n brother a male person who is a fellow member (of a fraternity or religion or other group) "none of his brothers would betray him"
    • n brother used as a term of address for those male persons engaged in the same movement "Greetings, comrade!"
    • n brother a close friend who accompanies his buddies in their activities
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The Brother of the Moon The Brother of the Moon
The Brothers Witt——436 The Brothers Witt——436
Brother and Sister Brother and Sister
Photo of Three Brothers Photo of Three Brothers
Fritz and I are not brother and sister Fritz and I are not brother and sister

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1902, the game table tennis was brought to the U.S. from Europe by Parker Brothers
    • Brother A male person who has the same father and mother with another person, or who has one of them only. In the latter case he is more definitely called a half brother, or brother of the half blood. "Two of us in the churchyard lie,
      My sister and my brother ."
    • Brother One related or closely united to another by some common tie or interest, as of rank, profession, membership in a society, toil, suffering, etc.; -- used among judges, clergymen, monks, physicians, lawyers, professors of religion, etc. "A brother of your order.""We few, we happy few, we band of brothers ,
      For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
      Shall be my brother ."
    • Brother One who, or that which, resembles another in distinctive qualities or traits of character. "He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster.""That April morn
      Of this the very brother ."
      "For of whom such massacre
      Make they but of their brethren , men of men?"
    • v. t Brother To make a brother of; to call or treat as a brother; to admit to a brotherhood.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Cleopatra married two of her brothers
    • n brother A male person, in his relation to another person or other persons of either sex born of the same parents; a male relative in the first degree of descent or mutual kinship: used also of the lower animals: the converse of sister. See brother-in-law and half-brother.
    • n brother A male person in his relation to any other person or persons of the same blood or ancestry; a member of a common family or race in his relation to all other members; in the plural, all members of a particular race, or of the human race in general, as regards each other.
    • n brother One of two or more men closely united without regard to personal kinship, as by a common interest; an associate; one of the same rank, profession, occupation, or belief, especially in law, religion, or organized charity.
    • n brother Specifically, as a translation of friar, a member of a mendicant order.
    • n brother In the plural form brethren, the designation of several Christian organizations, derived from the fact that the title was used by the primitive Christians in speaking of themselves; specifically, a sect of German Baptists, more popularly known as Dunkers.
    • n brother A member of a religious congregation whose members do not receive the priesthood, but devote themselves to teaching or good works; also, a lay member of a community having priests.
    • n brother Figuratively, one who resembles another in manners or disposition.
    • n brother Often abbreviated bro., plural bros.
    • n brother [The plural form brethren is not now used in the sense of male children of the same parents, but only in the wider meanings of the word brother.]
    • brother Bearing a fraternal relation in a general sense; of the character of a brother: as, a brother man or magistrate.
    • brother To consider or treat as a brother; address as a brother.
    • brother To relate as brothers; make kin.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Hills Brothers Ground Vacuum Packed Coffee was first introduced in 1900.
    • n Brother bruth′ėr a male born of the same parents: any one closely united with or resembling another; associated in common interests, occupation, &c.: a fellow-member of a religious order, a fellow-member of a guild, &c.: a fellow-creature, fellow-citizen, a co-religionist:
    • n Brother bruth′ėr (B.) a kinsman: pl. Broth′ers and Breth′ren, the latter esp. used in the sense of fellow-membership of guilds, religious communities, &c., and is a name given to certain sections of the Church of Christ, as Christian Brethren, Moravian Brethren, Plymouth Brethren, &c
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  • Proverb
    “The wrath of brothers is fierce and devilish.”
  • Charles Baudelaire
    “Hypocrite reader -- my fellow -- my brother!”
  • Eric Hoffer
    “There is always a chance that he who sets himself up as his brother's keeper will end up by being his jail-keeper.”
  • King Jr. Martin Luther
    “We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”
  • Gerald Massey
    Gerald Massey
    “When man to man shall be friend and brother.”
  • Indian Saying
    Indian Saying
    “I met a hundred men going to Delhi and everyone is my brother.”


Not my brother's keeper - If you say that you are not your brother's keeper, it means that you are not responsible for someone or what happens to them as a consequence of their actions.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. brother, AS. brōðor,; akin to OS. brothar, D. broeder, OHG. pruodar, G. bruder, Icel. brōðir, Sw. & Dan. broder, Goth. brōþar, Ir. brathair, W. brawd, pl. brodyr, Lith. brolis, Lett. brahlis, Russ. brat', Pol. & Serv. brat, OSlav. bratrŭ, L. frater, Skr. bhrātṛ, Zend bratar, brother, Gr. fra`thr fra`twr, a clansman. The common plural is Brothers; in the solemn style, Brethren, OE. pl. brether, bretheren, AS. dative sing. brēðer, nom. pl. brōðor, brōðru,. √258. Cf. Friar Fraternal
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. broðor; cog. with Ger. bruder, Gael. brathair, Fr. frère, L. frater, Sans. bhrátar.


In literature:

Genifrede shivered at the sight, and her brother threw himself upon her lap.
"The Hour and the Man" by Harriet Martineau
I wonder what difference it would have made between you and me, if we had had a brother.
"Deerbrook" by Harriet Martineau
For her faith in God had been no stronger than her faith in her brother, and her brother had failed her.
"Allison Bain" by Margaret Murray Robertson
I could not get rid of the fact that I hated my brother, and that whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer.
"Roger Trewinion" by Joseph Hocking
He opened the door, and as he did so, the brothers ran out the back way.
"Thirty Indian Legends" by Margaret Bemister
Brother, with principles on one side and brothers on the other, is correspondingly distracted.
"A Confederate Girl's Diary" by Sarah Margan Dawson
Her brother-in-law, Jerry Jackson, was killed by a horse.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves, Arkansas Narratives, Part 4" by Work Projects Administration
The brothers looked longingly at the mass of lumber, but did not dare touch it in the presence of their friend.
"Deerfoot in The Mountains" by Edward S. Ellis
They resented heartily the King's levy of tax upon the poteen which they had learned to make from their adopted Irish brothers.
"Blue Ridge Country" by Jean Thomas
He wrote to his brother Gregory, telling his brother what he had done.
"Ralph the Heir" by Anthony Trollope

In poetry:

I am the sister of him
And he is my brother
He is too little for us
To talk to each other.
"Little" by Dorothy Keeley Aldis
A little longer, brother,
With your fellow-men:
We will meet each other
Otherwhere again."
"Quiet Dead!" by George MacDonald
Loving thus the brother,
How the Father tell?
Go without each other
To your heavenly hell!
"False Prophets" by George MacDonald
There was my brother Spurious,
Spurious Posthumous,
Spurious was Spurious,
Was four Romans.
"Tenuous and Precarious" by Stevie Smith
If you should find another,
Who has need,
Ask not, "Is this my brother?"
But help with speed.
"Life’s Struggle" by Benjamin Cutler Clark
Feel yourselves as brothers,
Dare to think ye free;
And in dust will shiver
Thrones of tyranny.
"Invocation" by Mathilde Blind

In news:

The play focuses on Joseph's sale into slavery by his brothers, his rise to prominence with the pharaoh and a humbling finale with his brothers.
The Manning brothers have nothing on the half brothers Hernández.
"Brother served in World War II, uncle served in World War II, another brother served during the Korean War, and I just felt that I had to do my part, sooner or later ".
Brothers don't shake hands , brothers fish.
When Vyshonn Miller was a little boy, he learned to stick close to his big brother, Percy, as much out of a survivalist instinct as out of brotherly love.
"An Enemy of the People" is the famous play by Henrik Ibsen which proves that water is thicker than blood, pitting brother against brother over a new health spa and a town's future.
To set the scene for the story of Tecumseh and his brother Tenskwatawa, the production team headed to Historic Prophetstown in Battle Ground, Indiana, which was home to the brothers in the early 19th century.
Two teenaged brothers charged in murder of 12-yr-old Autumn Pasquale in N.J. 2 brothers accused of killing NJ girl.
His brother may be buried thousands of miles away, but it hasn't kept Revere's Frank Famiglietti from making the journey to Italy to visit his brother's grave on Memorial Day.
Meri Ka Ra, Brother Yaw EMAIL: Meri Ka Ra: Brother Yaw : yaw Telephone: Meri Ka Ra 323 759-7567 Brother Yaw 323 290-5958.
"Is he a brother, or is he a cornball brother".
The person you should communicate with about your brother's drinking is your brother.
A Chicago jury on Friday convicted Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson's former brother-in-law of murdering her mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew in what prosecutors' described as an act of vengeance by a jilted husband.
Little brother Bentley is looking for a Big Brother .
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Oregon recently announced the big and little brothers and sisters of the year.

In science:

We thank the Perline brothers, Richard and Ron, for motivation and helpful comments.
Part-products of $S$-restricted integer compositions
Such superluminal “phenomena” are reminiscent of the story of Der Hase und der Igel (the race between The Hedgehog and the Rabbit), narrated by the Grimm brothers.
Decoherence: Basic Concepts and Their Interpretation
Part of the development has been done in collaboration with my brother Dr.
Program LMTART for Electronic Structure Calculations
Soon after the transcendental discovery by Meissner of the perfect diamagnetism, as one of the characteristic features of the superconducting state, the London brothers published in 1935 an article entitled ”The electromagnetic equations of the superconductor”.
Superconducting nanostructures fabricated with the STM
Very soon one of the brothers, Heinz London, concluded from the theory that ”a very small superconductor should have a much higher magnetic threshold value than a bulky one”. R.B.
Superconducting nanostructures fabricated with the STM