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Brothers Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Brother \Broth"er\ (br[u^][th]"[~e]r), n.; pl. Brothers (br[u^][th]"[~e]rz) or Brethren (br[e^][th]"r[e^]n). See Brethren. [OE. brother, AS. br[=o][eth]or; akin to OS. brothar, D. broeder, OHG. pruodar, G. bruder, Icel. br[=o][eth]ir, Sw. & Dan. broder, Goth. br[=o][thorn]ar, Ir. brathair, W. brawd, pl. brodyr, Lith. brolis, Lett. brahlis, Russ. brat', Pol. & Serv. brat, OSlav. bratr[u^], L. frater, Skr. bhr[=a]t[.r], Zend bratar brother, Gr. fra`thr, fra`twr, a clansman. The common plural is Brothers; in the solemn style, Brethren, OE. pl. brether, bretheren, AS. dat. sing. br[=e][eth]er, nom. pl. br[=o][eth]or, br[=o][eth]ru. [root]25
  1. Cf. Friar, Fraternal.]
  2. A male person who has the same father and mother with another person, or who has one of them only. In the latter case he is more definitely called a half brother, or brother of the half blood. Two of us in the churchyard lie, My sister and my brother. --Wordsworth.
  3. One related or closely united to another by some common tie or interest, as of rank, profession, membership in a society, toil, suffering, etc.; -- used among judges, clergymen, monks, physicians, lawyers, professors of religion, etc. ``A brother of your order.'' --Shak. We few, we happy few, we band of brothers, For he to-day that sheds his blood with me Shall be my brother. --Shak.
  4. One who, or that which, resembles another in distinctive qualities or traits of character. He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster. --Prov. xviii. 9. That April morn Of this the very brother. --Wordsworth. Note: In Scripture, the term brother is applied to a kinsman by blood more remote than a son of the same parents, as in the case of Abraham and Lot, Jacob and Laban. In a more general sense, brother or brethren is used for fellow-man or fellow-men. For of whom such massacre Make they but of their brethren, men of men? --Milton. Brother Jonathan, a humorous designation for the people of the United States collectively. The phrase is said to have originated from Washington's referring to the patriotic Jonathan Trumbull, governor of Connecticut, as ``Brother Jonathan.'' Blood brother. See under Blood.

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  • Wright brothers: The Wright brothers, Orville (August 19, 1871 – January 30, 1948) and Wilbur (April 16, 1867 – May 30, 1912), were two Americans credited ...
  • Marx Brothers: The Marx Brothers were an American family comedy act, originally from New York City , that enjoyed success in Vaudeville , Broadway , and ...
  • Congregation of Christian Brothers: The Congregation of Christian Brothers (officially, in Latin : Congregatio Fratrum Christianorum is a worldwide religious community within ...
  • Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools: The Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools (also known as the Christian Brothers, the Lasallian Brothers, the French Christian ...
  • Marist Brothers: The Marist Brothers, or Little Brothers of Mary, are a Catholic religious order of brothers and affiliated lay people. The order was ...
  • Past Brothers: Past Brothers Rugby League Football Club, more commonly known as 'Brothers', 'The Brethren' or as 'the Leprechauns', were a rugby league ...
  • Brothers (2009 film): Brothers is a 2009 war-drama- thriller film starring Tobey Maguire , Jake Gyllenhaal and Natalie Portman . Directed by Jim Sheridan , ...

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* We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

* It is not enough merely to exist. It's not enough to say, 'I'm earning enough to support my family. I do my work well. I'm a good father, husband, churchgoer.' That's all very well. But you must do something more. Seek always to do some good, somewhere. Every man has to seek in his own way to realize his true worth. You must give some time to your fellow man. Even if it's a little thing, do something for those who need help, something for which you get no pay but the privilege of doing it. For remember, you don't live in a world all your own. Your brothers are here too. - Albert Schweitzer

* Only in solitude do we find ourselves and in finding ourselves, we find in ourselves all our brothers in solitude. - Miguel de Unanimo


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  • Kansas court overturns brothers' death sentences
    The Kansas Supreme Court on Friday overturned the death sentences of two brothers convicted of killing four friends who were robbed and forced to engage in sex acts before being shot to death and left in a snow-covered Wichita field. Read more on this news related to 'Brothers'
  • Marist Brothers sex abuse compensation bill expected to rise
    The Marist Brothers may have to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in additional damages to victims of serial paedophile and former Marist College Canberra teacher Kostka (John) Chute. Read more on this news related to 'Brothers'
  • Aviation's Pioneering Wright Brothers Meet Bremont's Horological English Brothers To Create The Wright Flyer Timepiece
    Bremont's co-founding brothers Nick and Giles English introduce the Wright Flyer limited edition, which contains a piece of the original Wright brothers' flyer that made aviation history in 1903 at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Read more on this news related to 'Brothers'

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