Home > B Words > brother

brother

Definitions of Brother

  1. (noun) A male sibling.
  2. (noun) A male member of a group such as a fraternity or religion.

Examples of Brother

Brother Pronunciation

  • IPA Pronunciation
    • American English
      • /ˈbrəðər/
    • British English
      • /ˈbrʌðə/
  • Syllabification: (broth·er)

Usage Notes

  • Plural: brothers
  • An individual’s older brother is called a big brother and a younger brother is called a little brother, and sibling’s husband is a brother-in-law.
  • An individual’s brother with only one parent in common is a half brother (half-brother) or step brother (step-brother).
  • The female equivalent of brother is a sister.
  • An individual’s parent’s brother is an uncle.
  • Also called: male sibling
  • Informally called: bro
  • The term (adjective) fraternal means relating to brothers or (adjective) brotherly tendencies, and bothers share a (noun) brotherhood.

Related Video

Additional Information

Related Terms


Cite the Definition of Brother

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “brother.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved September 22, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/brother/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

brother. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/brother/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “brother.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed September 22, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/brother/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“brother.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 22 Sep. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/brother/>.