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brother

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Etymology

Old English brōþor, from Proto-Germanic *brōþēr, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰréh₂tēr.

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
brother

Plural
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brother ({{{1}}})
  1. Son of the same parents as another person.
  2. A male having at least one parent in common with another (see half-brother, stepbrother).
  3. A male fellow member of a religious community or church.
  4. Someone who is a peer, whether male or female.

Antonyms

  • (with regards to gender): sister

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Usage notes

The plural "brethren" tends to be used more in broader senses than in familial ones.

Verb

Infinitive
to brother

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to brother (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive) To treat as a brother.
    • 1819, Seest thou not we are overreached, and that our proposed mode of communicating with our friends without has been disconcerted by this same motley gentleman thou art so fond to brother? — Walter Scott, Ivanhoe

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