brother


brother
[[t]brʌ̱ðə(r)[/t]]
brothers
(The old-fashioned form brethren is still sometimes used as the plural for meanings 2 and 3.)
1) N-COUNT: oft poss N Your brother is a boy or a man who has the same parents as you.
See also , stepbrother

Oh, so you're Peter's younger brother...

Have you got any brothers and sisters?

2) N-COUNT: usu poss N You can describe a man as your brother if he belongs to the same race, religion, country, profession, or trade union as you, or if he has similar ideas to you.

He told reporters he'd come to be with his Latvian brothers.

...the Cardinal and his brother bishops.

3) N-TITLE; N-COUNT; N-VOC Brother is a title given to a man who belongs to a religious community such as a monastery.

...Brother Otto.

...the Christian Brothers community which owns the castle.

4) N-IN-NAMES Brothers is used in the names of some companies and shops.

...the film company Warner Brothers...

I went to Brooks Brothers and bought myself a decent shirt.


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