American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An older brother.
- n. A man who assumes the role of an older brother, as by providing guidance or protection.
- n. An omnipresent, seemingly benevolent figure representing the oppressive control over individual lives exerted by an authoritarian government.
- n. A state, organization, or leader regarded in this manner.
- Sense 3, after Big Brother, a character in the novel 1984 by George Orwell. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Rugie had been feeling shy and reticent around her big brother who had been gone for so long, but remembering former times when they sat around telling stories, she decided at that moment to climb into his lap.”
“But then big brother Edwin was killed in a hit-and-run car accident while leaving the UCSF library one night.”
“He was known as the lazy one, the careless boy who would always need a big brother to watch over him.”
“Six-year-old big brother Joshua and two-year-old sister Mckenna giggled with glee and excitement.”
“Al's big brother Measure was trying to get Ma to ease off and not get herself all worked up.”
“Congress might safely have taken a nap, with the Hub Debating Club to handle its affairs, if Harry Rubinstein's big brother Jake had not interfered.”
“Not one, but two little Antonians to follow big brother Caesarion around the way my brothers followed me.”
“In my mind’s eye, I pictured my debonair big brother wing-tapping through the clouds, doing what he loved best, his blue eyes sparkling with love of life.”
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