Meaning of “brethren” in the English Dictionary


"brethren" in English

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brethrennoun [ plural ]

uk /ˈbreð.rən/ us /ˈbreð.rən/ old-fashioned

Examples from literature

  • A strange blasphemy, he muttered, and yet not strange enough to save the brethren from the infection of it. 
  • Brethren, let us not aspire to the high things of the world, but to the meekness and gentleness of Christ. 
  • The clergy of the West despised their brethren of the East for their cowardly submission to the secular arm. 
  • The word, my brethren, the answer to all that, is nigh unto us, even in our mouth and in our heart. 

(Definition of “brethren” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"brethren" in American English

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brethrenplural noun

us /ˈbreð·rən/ fml

(used as a form of address to members of an organization or religious group) brothers

(Definition of “brethren” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)