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English Dictionary: brother by the DICT Development Group
4 results for brother
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. a male with the same parents as someone else; "my brother still lives with our parents"
    Synonym(s): brother, blood brother
    Antonym(s): sis, sister
  2. a male person who is a fellow member (of a fraternity or religion or other group); "none of his brothers would betray him"
  3. a close friend who accompanies his buddies in their activities
    Synonym(s): buddy, brother, chum, crony, pal, sidekick
  4. used as a term of address for those male persons engaged in the same movement; "Greetings, comrade!"
    Synonym(s): brother, comrade
  5. (Roman Catholic Church) a title given to a monk and used as form of address; "a Benedictine Brother"
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Brother \Broth"er\ (br[ucr][th]"[etil]r), n.; pl. {Brothers}
      (br[ucr][th]"[etil]rz) or {Brethren} (br[ecr][th]"r[ecr]n).
      See {Brethren}. [OE. brother, AS. br[d3][edh]or; akin to OS.
      brothar, D. broeder, OHG. pruodar, G. bruder, Icel.
      br[d3][edh]ir, Sw. & Dan. broder, Goth. br[d3][thorn]ar, Ir.
      brathair, W. brawd, pl. brodyr, Lith. brolis, Lett. brahlis,
      Russ. brat', Pol. & Serv. brat, OSlav. bratr[ucr], L. frater,
      Skr. bhr[be]t[rsdot], 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.
      dat. sing. br[c7][edh]er, nom. pl. br[d3][edh]or,
      br[d3][edh]ru. [root]258. Cf. {Friar}, {Fraternal}.]
      1. 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.                                             --Wordsworth.
      2. 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. [bd]A brother of your order.[b8] --Shak.
                     We few, we happy few, we band of brothers, For he
                     to-day that sheds his blood with me Shall be my
                     brother.                                             --Shak.
      3. 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.               --Prov. xviii.
                     That April morn Of this the very brother.
      Note: In Scripture, the term brother is applied to a kinsman
               by blood more remote than a son of the same parents, as
               in the case of Abraham and Lot, Jacob and Laban. In a
               more general sense, brother or brethren is used for
               fellow-man or fellow-men.
                        For of whom such massacre Make they but of their
                        brethren, men of men?                     --Milton.
      {Brother Jonathan}, a humorous designation for the people of
            the United States collectively. The phrase is said to have
            originated from Washington's referring to the patriotic
            Jonathan Trumbull, governor of Connecticut, as [bd]Brother
      {Blood brother}. See under {Blood}.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Brother \Broth"er\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Brothered}.]
      To make a brother of; to call or treat as a brother; to admit
      to a brotherhood. --Sir W. Scott.

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary [easton]:
      (1.) In the natural and common sense (Matt. 1:2; Luke 3:1, 19).
         (2.) A near relation, a cousin (Gen. 13:8; 14:16; Matt. 12:46;
      John 7:3; Acts 1:14; Gal. 1:19).
         (3.) Simply a fellow-countryman (Matt. 5:47; Acts 3:22; Heb.
         (4.) A disciple or follower (Matt. 25:40; Heb. 2:11, 12).
         (5.) One of the same faith (Amos 1:9; Acts 9:30; 11:29; 1 Cor.
      5:11); whence the early disciples of our Lord were known to each
      other as brethren.
         (6.) A colleague in office (Ezra 3:2; 1 Cor. 1:1; 2 Cor. 1:1).
         (7.) A fellow-man (Gen. 9:5; 19:7; Matt. 5:22, 23, 24; 7:5;
      Heb. 2:17).
         (8.) One beloved or closely united with another in affection
      (2 Sam. 1:26; Acts 6:3; 1 Thess. 5:1). Brethren of Jesus (Matt.
      1:25; 12:46, 50: Mark 3:31, 32; Gal. 1:19; 1 Cor. 9:5, etc.)
      were probably the younger children of Joseph and Mary. Some have
      supposed that they may have been the children of Joseph by a
      former marriage, and others that they were the children of Mary,
      the Virgin's sister, and wife of Cleophas. The first
      interpretation, however, is the most natural.
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