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NOUN (5)

1. a male with the same parents as someone else;
- Example: "my brother still lives with our parents"
[syn: brother, blood brother]

2. a male person who is a fellow member (of a fraternity or religion or other group);
- Example: "none of his brothers would betray him"

3. a close friend who accompanies his buddies in their activities;
[syn: buddy, brother, chum, crony, pal, sidekick]

4. used as a term of address for those male persons engaged in the same movement;
- Example: "Greetings, comrade!"
[syn: brother, comrade]

5. (Roman Catholic Church) a title given to a monk and used as form of address;
- Example: "a Benedictine Brother"

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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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. dative sing. br[=e][eth]er, nom. pl. br[=o][eth]or, br[=o][eth]ru. [root]258. Cf. Friar, Fraternal.] 1. 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. Note: A brother having the same mother but different fathers is called a uterine brother, and one having the same father but a different mother is called an agnate brother, or in (Law) a consanguine brother. A brother having the same father and mother is called a brother-german or full brother. The same modifying terms are applied to sister or sibling. [1913 Webster +PJC] Two of us in the churchyard lie, My sister and my brother. --Wordsworth. [1913 Webster] 2. 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. [1913 Webster] We few, we happy few, we band of brothers, For he to-day that sheds his blood with me Shall be my brother. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. One who, or that which, resembles another in distinctive qualities or traits of character. [1913 Webster] He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster. --Prov. xviii. 9. [1913 Webster] That April morn Of this the very brother. --Wordsworth. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] For of whom such massacre Make they but of their brethren, men of men? --Milton. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Brother \Broth"er\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Brothered.] To make a brother of; to call or treat as a brother; to admit to a brotherhood. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

brother n 1: a male with the same parents as someone else; "my brother still lives with our parents" [syn: brother, blood brother] [ant: sis, sister] 2: a male person who is a fellow member (of a fraternity or religion or other group); "none of his brothers would betray him" 3: a close friend who accompanies his buddies in their activities [syn: buddy, brother, chum, crony, pal, sidekick] 4: used as a term of address for those male persons engaged in the same movement; "Greetings, comrade!" [syn: brother, comrade] 5: (Roman Catholic Church) a title given to a monk and used as form of address; "a Benedictine Brother"
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

198 Moby Thesaurus words for "brother": Greek, abbacomes, abbot, acquaintance, adjunct, advocate, affiliate, ally, alter ego, analogon, analogue, ascetic, associate, aunt, auntie, backer, beadsman, bedfellow, belonger, best friend, blood brother, bosom friend, brethren, brother-in-arms, bub, bubba, bud, buddy, caloyer, card-carrier, card-carrying member, cardholder, casual acquaintance, catechumen, celibate, cenobite, charter member, chum, church member, churchman, churchwoman, close acquaintance, close copy, close friend, close match, clubber, clubman, clubwoman, coadjutor, cognate, cohort, colleague, committeeman, communicant, companion, compatriot, compeer, complement, comrade, confederate, confidant, confidante, confrere, congenator, congener, consociate, consort, conventioneer, conventioner, conventionist, conventual, conventual prior, coordinate, correlate, correlative, correspondent, counterpart, country cousin, cousin, cousin once removed, cousin twice removed, crony, daughter, dues-paying member, enlistee, enrollee, equivalent, familiar, father, favorer, fellow, fellow creature, fellow member, fellowman, first cousin, foster brother, frater, fraternity man, friar, friend, grand prior, grandnephew, grandniece, granduncle, great-aunt, great-uncle, guildsman, half brother, hermit, hieromonach, honorary member, image, initiate, inseparable friend, insider, intimate, joiner, kid brother, kin, kindred spirit, kinsman, laic, lay abbot, lay brother, lay sister, layman, laywoman, life member, like, likeness, lover, mate, member, mendicant, monastic, monk, mother, near duplicate, neighbor, nephew, niece, nuncle, nunks, nunky, obverse, one of us, other self, pal, palmer, parallel, parishioner, partisan, pendant, pickup, picture, pilgrim, pillar saint, pillarist, pledge, prior, reciprocal, relation, relative, religieux, religious, repository, second cousin, second self, secular, sibling, similitude, simulacrum, sis, sissy, sister, sister-german, sistern, socius, son, sorority girl, sorority woman, soul mate, stepbrother, stepsister, stylite, such, suchlike, supporter, sympathizer, tally, the like of, the likes of, twin, unc, uncle, uncs, uterine brother, well-wisher
Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary:

Brother (1.) In the natural and common sense (Matt. 1:2; Luke 3:1, 19). (2.) A near relation, a cousin (Gen. 13:8; 14:16; Matt. 12:46; John 7:3; Acts 1:14; Gal. 1:19). (3.) Simply a fellow-countryman (Matt. 5:47; Acts 3:22; Heb. 7:5). (4.) A disciple or follower (Matt. 25:40; Heb. 2:11, 12). (5.) One of the same faith (Amos 1:9; Acts 9:30; 11:29; 1 Cor. 5:11); whence the early disciples of our Lord were known to each other as brethren. (6.) A colleague in office (Ezra 3:2; 1 Cor. 1:1; 2 Cor. 1:1). (7.) A fellow-man (Gen. 9:5; 19:7; Matt. 5:22, 23, 24; 7:5; Heb. 2:17). (8.) One beloved or closely united with another in affection (2 Sam. 1:26; Acts 6:3; 1 Thess. 5:1). Brethren of Jesus (Matt. 1:25; 12:46, 50: Mark 3:31, 32; Gal. 1:19; 1 Cor. 9:5, etc.) were probably the younger children of Joseph and Mary. Some have supposed that they may have been the children of Joseph by a former marriage, and others that they were the children of Mary, the Virgin's sister, and wife of Cleophas. The first interpretation, however, is the most natural.
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

BROTHER, domest. relat. He who is born from the same father and mother with another, or from one of them only. 2. Brothers are of the whole blood, when they are born of the same father and mother, and of the half blood, when they are the issue of one of them only. 3. In the civil law, when they are the children of the same father and mother, they are called brothers germain; when they descend from the same father, but not the same mother, they are consanguine brothers; when they are the issue of the same mother, but not the same father, they are uterine brothers. A half brother, is one who is born of the same father or mother, but not of both. One born of the same parents before they were married, a left-sided brother; and a bastard born of the same father or mother, is called a natural brother. Vide Blood; Half-blood; Line; and Merl. Repert. mot Frere; Dict. de Jurisp. mot Frere; Code, 3, 28, 27 Nov. 84, praef; Dane's Ab. Index, h. t.