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Meaning of BROTHER

Pronunciation:  'brudhur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a male with the same parents as someone else; "my brother still lives with our parents"
  2. [n]  (Roman Catholic) a title given to a monk and used as form of address; "a Benedictine Brother"
  3. [n]  a male person who is a fellow member (of a fraternity or religion of other group); "none of his brothers would betray him"
  4. [n]  used as a term of address for those male persons engaged in the same movement; "Greetings, comrade!"
  5. [n]  a close friend who accompanies his buddies in their activities

BROTHER is a 7 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: blood brother, buddy, chum, comrade, crony, pal, sidekick
 Antonyms: sis, sister
 See Also: big brother, brotherhood, cobber, fraternity, Freemason, friend, half-brother, little brother, male sibling, Mason, member, monastic, monk, sodality, stepbrother



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Broth"er\ (br[u^][th]"[~e]r), n.; pl. {Brothers}
    (br[u^][th]"[~e]rz) or {Brethren} (br[e^][th]"r[e^]n). See
    {Brethren}. [OE. brother, AS. br[=o][eth]or; akin to OS.
    brothar, D. broeder, OHG. pruodar, G. bruder, Icel.
    br[=o][eth]ir, Sw. & Dan. broder, Goth. br[=o][thorn]ar, Ir.
    brathair, W. brawd, pl. brodyr, Lith. brolis, Lett. brahlis,
    Russ. brat', Pol. & Serv. brat, OSlav. bratr[u^], L. frater,
    Skr. bhr[=a]t[.r], 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[=e][eth]er, nom. pl. br[=o][eth]or, br[=o][eth]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. ``A brother of your order.'' --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 ``Brother
    {Blood brother}. See under {Blood}.
  2. \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.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming of your brother, may symbolize some aspect of your relationship with him. It can also serve to remind you that someone in your waking life has certain characteristics/behavior similar to your brother's. If you do not have a brother and dream that you have one, then he may symbolize characteristics that you need to acknowledge within yourself. The brother can also be synonymous with a close friend or buddy. Brother also has religious implications and thus represents spiritual issues. Consider also the familiar phrase "big brother is watching you" which indicate that your dream has to deal with issues of authority and oppression. Dreaming that you are mad or angry at your brother means repressed anger that you are feeling but afraid to express in your waking life.
Easton Bible Dictionary

(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. 7:5).

(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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