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noun (pl= brothers or (archaic) brethren)
  1. One"s male sibling.
  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.
  • Dutch: broeder
  • French: frère(fr)m
  • German: Bruder :de: Bruder, ^ (1,2,3,4)
  • Italian: fratello(it)m
  • Spanish: hermano(es)m
  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 ? " Walter Scott, Ivanhoe
    Etymology: broíor, brÅíor, from Germanic
    • brÅíÄr, from Indo-European
    • bÊrÄter-. Cognates include Dutch broeder, German Bruder, and Danish & Swedish broder, all from the same Germanic root; and from Indo-European, Latin frater, Russian ÑÑ (brat), Greek (frater), Latvian brílis, Persian (fa-Arab, ) (barídar), Old Prussian brÄti, and Welsh brawd.

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