brother

[ bruhth-er or for 9, bruhth-ur ]SEE DEFINITION OF brother

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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BROTHER

Ask the poor fisherman at the gates, who has been to him as a brother; and he will answer 'Anaxagoras.'

She has got a brother, but he don't amount to shucks—he ain't much more'n a three-spot.

Is that brother of hers you told me about still makin' up to that party?

Your brother was foolish enough to leave his boat in Rushton's care.

Never had her youthful freshness so appealed to her brother.

"And you know we shall be in mourning," said Psyche to her brother.

Your brother may become entangled in some way with this woman.

And when my brother was about to marry that woman, and Mr. Shepler asked me to marry him, I consented.

I don't think he ever got over the death of his brother, about a year ago.

He looked up to see three figures—his brother, his uncle, his master.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English broþor, from Proto-Germanic *brothar (cf. Old Norse broðir, Danish broder, Old Frisian brother, Dutch broeder, German Bruder, Gothic bróþar), from PIE root *bhrater (cf. Sanskrit bhrátár-, Old Persian brata, Greek phratér, Latin frater, Old Irish brathir, Welsh brawd, Lithuanian broterelis, Old Prussian brati, Old Church Slavonic bratru, Czech bratr "brother").

A highly stable word across the Indo-European languages. In the few cases where other words provide the sense, it is where the cognate of brother had been applied widely to "member of a fraternity," or where there was need to distinguish "son of the same mother" and "son of the same father." E.g. Greek adelphos, probably originally an adjective with frater and meaning, specifically, "brother of the womb" or "brother by blood;" and Spanish hermano "brother," from Latin germanus "full brother." As a familiar term of address from one man to another, it is attested from 1912 in U.S. slang; the specific use among blacks is recorded from 1973.

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