from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of various Protestant denominations, especially those arising out of the Anabaptist and Pietist movements in Central Europe between the 15th and 18th centuries.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Plural of brother. See phrases under brother.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun pl. of brother.

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  • noun archaic Plural form of brother.
  • noun figuratively the body of members, especially of a fraternal, religious or military order

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun (plural) the lay members of a male religious order


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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.


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