from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A plural of brother.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Plural form of brother.
- n. the body of members, especially of a fraternal, religious or military order
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. pl. of brother.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Plural of brother. See phrases under brother.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (plural) the lay members of a male religious order
From Early Modern English brethren (plural of brother), from Middle English brethere, brether (+ -en (plural ending)), alteration, due to Old English brēþer (dative singular), of Old English brōþor, brōþru ("brothers, brethren"). Compare German Brüder ("brothers, brethren"). More at brother. (Wiktionary)