Meaning of “brother-in-law” in the English Dictionary

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brother-in-lawnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈbrʌð.ə.rɪn.lɔː/ us /ˈbrʌð.ɚ.ɪn.lɑː/ plural brothers-in-law

Examples from literature

  • He looked at his brother-in-law for a minute. 
  • Her family sat in an affectionately earnest row and adjured her—four married sisters, four blissful brothers-in-law, her attractive stepmother, her father. 
  • I seem to have heard that you did not like your brother-in-law, and that you were opposed to the marriage. 
  • That very morning, when his wife had attempted to condole with her brother-in-law, Prince Peter had observed a look of pain on his brother's face. 
  • Yet, as soon as she heard of the presence of her brother-in-law, she insisted upon seeing him. 

(Definition of “brother-in-law” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"brother-in-law" in American English

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brother-in-lawnoun [ C ]

us /ˈbrʌð·ər·ənˌlɔ/ plural brothers-in-law /ˈbrʌð·ərz·ənˌlɔ/

the husband of someone’s sister, or the brother of someone’s wife or husband, or the husband of the sister of someone’s wife or husband

(Definition of “brother-in-law” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)