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Brother appears in the following tongue twister:

  • Dear mother,
    give your other udder
    to my other brother.

Usage statistics for the noun brother:

conversational speech58.96%task-oriented speech41.04% imaginative writing69.35%informational writing30.65%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun brother:

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Brother is sometimes a misspelling of brothers.

The word brother is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun brother

What does brother mean as a name of something?

Brother is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.View more statistics!

noun - plural:

  • brother: brothers / brethren (religious)
  • Brother: -

  1. a male with the same parents as someone else
  2. a male person who is a fellow member (of a fraternity or religion or other group)
  3. a close friend who accompanies his buddies in their activities
    • lexical domain: People - nouns denoting people
    • synonyms of brother: buddy / chum / crony / pal / sidekick
    • more generic word: friend = a person you know well and regard with affection and trust
    • more specific word: cobber = Australian term for a pal
  4. used as a term of address for those male persons engaged in the same movement
    • lexical domain: People - nouns denoting people
    • synonym of brother: comrade
    • more generic word: friend = a person you know well and regard with affection and trust
  5. (Roman Catholic Church) a title given to a monk and used as form of address

Alternative definition of the noun brother


  1. Son of the same parents as another person.
  2. A male child descended from the same parents.
  3. A male having at least one parent in common with another (see half-brother, stepbrother).
  4. A male fellow member of a religious community, church, trades union etc.
  5. Someone who is a peer, whether male or female.
  6. [African American Vernacular English] A black male.


  1. Title of respect for an adult male member of a religious or fraternal order.
  2. Formal title for any male member of a religious or fraternal organization.
  3. An informal title used as part of another moniker


  1. "Brother" is a 2000 film starring, written, directed and edited by Japanese filmmaker Takeshi Kitano. It is also his fifth collaboration with renowned Japanese composer Joe Hisaishi. This was also Kitano's first collaboration with designer Yohji Yamamoto.
  2. "Brother" a.k.a. "Brothers" is a 2009 American psychological thriller-remake of the Danish romantic drama film based on Susanne Bier's 2004 Danish film Brødre, which takes place in Afghanistan and Denmark. The American version stars Tobey Maguire, Jake Gyllenhaal and Natalie Portman and is directed by Jim Sheridan. Both films take inspiration from Homer's epic poem Odyssey. Tobey Maguire received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama for his performance.
  3. "Brother" is a 1997 Russian crime film directed by Aleksei Balabanov and starring Sergei Bodrov, Jr. The sequel Brother 2 was released in 2000. It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival.
  4. "Brother": Daniel is an exceptional football player, a striker. Julio is the team's captain, a born leader. They were raised as brothers and play football in their slum, La Ceniza. Daniel dreams to play professional football while Julio feeds the family with dirty money; he has no time to dream. The opportunity of their lives arrives when a football scout invites them to tryout with the city's best team: Caracas Football Club. But tragedy strikes them. They must choose, on a dirty football pitch, what is more important: family, revenge or the dream of their lives. On this pitch, life is on the line.
  5. "Brother" a.k.a. "Khouya": Brother is a 2010 short film written by Julie Perriollat and directed by Yanis Koussim.
  6. "Brother" is a 2014 drama film written by Dato Chubinishvili and Téona Mghvdeladze and directed by Thierry Grenade and Téona Mghvdeladze.
  7. "Brother" a.k.a. "Brueder" is a 2013 short action crime thriller film written by Daniel Rübesam and Alexander Tsukernyk and directed by Daniel Rübesam.
  8. "Brother" is a 2009 short film directed by Mary Bing.
  9. "Brother" is 2011 Short Film written by Gerry de Hoogh and directed by Sacha Polak.
  10. "Brother" is a 2013 short film written and directed by Yulai Lu.
  11. "Brother" is a 2001 drama film directed by Yan Yan Mak.
  12. "Brother" is a 1991 film directed by Bakhtyar Khudojnazarov.
    • also known as Bratan, Bruder
    • countries: Tajikistan, Soviet Union
    • genres: Adventure Film, Drama
    • released in (24 years ago)
  13. "Brother" a.k.a. "Her Brother" is a 1960 Japanese drama film directed by Kon Ichikawa. It was entered into the 1961 Cannes Film Festival, where it won a prize for Special Distinction.
  14. "Brother" is a 2012 animation drama short fantasy film written and directed by Sari Rodrig.
  15. "Brother" is a 2011 short documentary film directed by Donal O'Ceilleachair and written by Donal Kelleher.
  16. "Brother" is a 2000 animation, short film written and directed by Adam Elliot.
    • also known as Mein Bruder
    • country: Australia
    • language: English Language
    • producer: Adam Elliot
    • written by Adam Elliot
    • edited by Adam Elliot
    • genres: Animation, Biographical film
    • released in (15 years ago)
    • award:
      • Australian Film Institute Award for Best Screenplay in a Short Film nomination for Adam Elliot
      • AACTA Award for Best Short Animation nomination for Adam Elliot
      • Aspen Shortsfest Jury Award for Short Short - Best of Category, received by Adam Elliot
      • Australian Film Institute Award for Best Screenplay in a Short Film, received by Adam Elliot
      • Chicago International Film Festival Silver Plaque for Best Animated Short Film, received by Adam Elliot
      • Cork International Film Festival International Jury Award for Best International Short Film, received by Adam Elliot
      • Sydney Film Festival Yoram Gross Award, received by Adam Elliot
      • AACTA Award for Best Short Animation, received by Adam Elliot
  17. "Brother" is a film, directed by Lee Sang-Eon.
  18. "Brother" a.k.a. "오빠" is a film.
  19. "Brother" is a 2006 short musical film directed by Susan Marshall.


  1. Brother is a fictional character from the 2013 film Eye Am.
  2. Brother is a fictional character from the 2010 film Al Cimiya: The Art of the Black Land.

There are other characters with in their name, like Brother 2, Brother B, brother's, Big Brother, Brother Ali, Brother Dog, Brother Ray, Brother Tom, His Brother, Baby Brother, Brother Cane, Brother Hung, Brother Jack, Brother John, Soul Brother, Brother Henry, Elder Brother, elder-brother, Older Brother.


  1. "Brother" is the sixth studio album and fourth English-language album by Norwegian pop singer Morten Harket. It was released on 11 April 2014 through Universal Music. "There Is a Place" was released as the album's first single on 29 November 2013. On 18 January 2014, "Brother" was released as the second single. It was premiered the same day at the Norwegian award show, Spellemannprisen. The song was inspired by the memoir of former Hizb ut-Tahrir member Maajid Nawaz. It was featured as the Album of the Week on the Ken Bruce Show on BBC Radio 2 from 21st to 25th April 2014.
    • genre: Pop rock
    • released on
  2. "Brother" is a song by the American rock band Pearl Jam. Featuring lyrics written by vocalist Eddie Vedder and music written by guitarist Stone Gossard, "Brother" was an outtake from the band's debut album, Ten. The song was included as an instrumental version on the 2003 B-sides and rarities album, Lost Dogs. The version of "Brother" with vocals appears on the 2009 Ten reissue. The version of the song with vocals was released to radio in 2009, however a commercial single was not released. The song topped the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart, where it spent a total of two weeks at number one.
  3. "Brother" is the fourth studio album by Irish boy band Boyzone, released on 5 March 2010 in Ireland. It is the band's first studio album in 12 years. The album is named in memory of member Stephen Gately, who died five months before its release. However, Gately's vocals did appear on the band's songs "Gave It All Away" and "Stronger", making it the final album to feature Gately's vocals and is released posthumously.
  4. "Brother" is the third studio album by The Scene Aesthetic. It was released on November 2, 2010.
  5. "Brother" is a single by New Zealand hip-hop group Smashproof, released in early 2009. The song features Gin Wigmore. It was made as a metaphor to life in South Auckland. The song debuted in New Zealand at number twenty-three on 26 January 2009, rising to number one in its fifth week, where it stayed on the RIANZ Top 40 for eleven weeks, finally being knocked off the top spot by Eminem's "We Made You". It also had minor notoriety in Germany, reaching #81 on their national chart.
  6. "Brother" is a musical album of The Brilliance.
    • released on
  7. "Brother" is the first single released from Australian singer-songwriter Matt Corby's Into the Flame EP. The song peaked at number 3 on the ARIA Charts. The song won Song of the Year at the 2012 ARIA Awards and was nominated for the same category at the 2012 APRA Awards.
  8. "Brother" is the first single released from Australian indie rock band Little Birdy's third studio album, Confetti. The song reached number 90 on the Australian ARIA charts, and number 34 on the Triple J Hottest 100 of 2009. Originally offered as a free download, the song is also the fifth track on the "Summarize" single.
  9. "Brother" is a composition, cataloged instance.
  10. "Brother" is a musical album of Joe Hisaishi, soundtrack.
    • also known as Brother Soundtrack
    • released on (14 years ago)
  11. "Brother" is a musical single of Annuals.
    • released on (7 years ago)
  12. "Brother" is a musical single of The Organ.
    • released on (8 years ago)


  1. Brother is a rock band incorporating Celtic rock, mongrel rock, Australian rock, didgeridoo, and vocals. They record on their own Rhubarb Records label, and have gained a worldwide following with their meld of Celtic music and dress with alternative rock and style.
    • genre: Celtic rock
    • albums: "Exit From Screechville", "Black Stone Tramp", "The Digging Bone", "Your Backyard", "This Way Up", "I You You Me", "Pipe Dreams", "Urban Cave", "Rhubarb Limited Release 2", "The Terrain Around Here is Far Too Dangerous…", "... As You Were - Favourites From 1991 -2003"
  2. Brother a.k.a. Viva Brother were an indie rock band from Slough, England. Previously known as Brother, they signed to Geffen Records in October and EMI Publishing in November 2010. Their debut album, Famous First Words, was released on August 1, 2011, and reached #34 on the UK Albums Chart. It was confirmed on 1 April 2012 that Viva Brother had split up. In June 2012, the band members launched a new band, the synthpop group Lovelife.

There are other groups with in their name, like brother's, O'Brother, Brother Ape, Brother Cane, Brother Grim, Brother Love, Ben's Brother, Brother Brick, Brother Brown, Brother Clyde, Brother Goose, Brother Henry, Brother Reade, Brother/Ghost, Atomic Brother, Bailes Brother, Brother Beyond, Brother Phelps, Middle Brother and Brother Machine.


Brother is the registered trademark of Brother Industries.


  1. Brother: A religious brother is a member of a Catholic religious institute who commits himself to following Christ in consecrated life of the Church, usually by the vows of poverty, celibacy and obedience. A layman, he usually lives in a religious community and works in a ministry that suits his talents and gifts. A brother might be a doctor, nurse, teacher, electrician, engineer, cook, lawyer, technician, parish minister, scientist or artist. He tries to live his faith by being a “brother” to others. Brothers are members of a variety of religious communities, which may be contemplative, monastic, or apostolic in character. Some religious institutes are composed only of brothers; others are so-called "mixed" communities that are made up of brothers and clerics.
  2. Brother is a yaoi manga by Yuzuha Ougi. It has been published in English by DramaQueen in 2005.
  3. Brother was a short-lived band from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, most famous for their connection to The Guess Who.

Phrases with Brother

Phrases starting with the word Brother:

  1. Brother Spike
  2. Brother German
  3. brother-in-law
  4. Brother-in-Arms

Phrases ending with the word Brother:

  1. Co-brother
  2. big brother
  3. Lay brother
  4. half brother
  5. half-brother
  6. soul brother
  7. blood brother
  8. Cousin Brother
  9. foster brother
  10. foster-brother
  11. little brother
  12. Uterine Brother
  13. Everyone and His Brother

Other phrases containing the word Brother:

  1. Co-Brother-in-Law
  2. Half Brother-in-Law
  3. Olalla Brother's Titi

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Brother

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Google previewHumour, Work and Organization (2013)

by Robert Westwood, Carl Rhodes

An international phenomenon, Big Brother is a franchise that has been used on television in almost seventy countries around the...

Broadcast on prime time television, the 'entertainment' offered by Big Brother is the opportunity to observe the ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Correspondences, Representatives, and Significatives Derived from the Word of the Lord. Extracted from the Writings of E. Swedenborg. [Abridged Principally from The"Dictionary of Correspondences,"by G. Nicholson.] (1841)

by Emanuel Swedenborg, George NICHOLSON (Incumbent of Little Budworth.)

External worship is called brother to internal worship, in the Word. A. C. 1244. Brother sig. such as...

Google previewMetaphysical Bible Dictionary (2013)

by Charles Fillmore

A brother born capacity for fairness; also a protective, brotherly love toward and unity with one's own inner functions, faculties, ...

Google previewThe Celtic Encyclopedia (1998)

by Harry Mountain

Uther' s brother assumed the lead and they sailed for Cornwall, then marched on Vortigern, destroying him ...

Google previewKnights Templar Encyclopedia (2007)

The Essential Guide to the People, Places, Events, and Symbols of the Order of the Temple by Karen Ralls

Here, they were given a specific religious Rule, and the mandate to wear a white mantle as a full knight-brother, and a black or dark brown one as a sergeant- brother and squire. The key symbol of the trademark four-armed, equidistant red ...

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Usage statistics about brother

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the noun brother:

conversational speech58.96%task-oriented speech41.04% imaginative writing69.35%informational writing30.65%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun brother:


Comparison of usage frequency between the noun brother and its most common antonym:


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Quotes about Brother

Brother, Oh brother!
Why do we fight?
We love one another,
so why such plight?

Brother, Dear brother.
We have come from one womb,
I love you as much as our mother
and forever we are together even in our tomb (Anayssa Garcia)
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Scrabble value of B3R1O1T1H4E1R1

The value of this 7-letter word is 12 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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