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Standard Definition

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


blood brother - (3 syllables), buddy - (2 syllables), chum - (1 syllables), comrade - (2 syllables), crony - (2 syllables), pal - (1 syllables), sidekick - (3 syllables)


sis, sister

Misc. Definitions

\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]25
8. 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.
9. That April morn Of this the very brother. --Wordsworth. 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 Jonathan.'' {Blood brother}. See under {Blood}.
\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.