noun plural Date: 1822 members of various sects originating chiefly in 18th century German Pietism; especially dunkers

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  • brethren — index affinity (family ties), blood, kindred, society Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • Brethren — Breth ren, n.; pl. of {Brother}. [1913 Webster] Note: This form of the plural is used, for the most part, in solemn address, and in speaking of religious sects or fraternities, or their members. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • brethren — alternative plural of BROTHER (Cf. brother) (q.v.); predominant c.1200 1600s, but surviving only in religious usage …   Etymology dictionary

  • brethren — archaic plural of BROTHER(Cf. ↑brotherly). ► PLURAL NOUN ▪ fellow Christians or members of a male religious order …   English terms dictionary

  • brethren — [breth′rən; , breth′ərn] pl.n. [ME bretheren, pl.: see BROTHER] brothers: now chiefly in religious use …   English World dictionary

  • Brethren — The Brethren are a number of Protestant Christian religious bodies using the word brethren in their names. In some cases these similarities of name reflect roots in the same early Brethren groups, and in others the adoption of Brethren as part of …   Wikipedia

  • Brethren — Die Bezeichnung Brethren (deutsch Brüder, Geschwister) bzw. Brethren Church tragen im englischen Sprachraum mehrere protestantische Kirchen und Glaubensgemeinschaften im Namen. Aus der Namensähnlichkeit kann nicht auf gemeinsame historische… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Brethren — En anglais, Brethren est un pluriel de brother (frère) rarement usité. Le terme est principalement utilisé dans les cercles chrétiens, soit pour faire référence à un ordre fraternel, soit pour évoquer une des nombreuses dénominations chrétiennes …   Wikipédia en Français

  • brethren — /bredh rin/, 1. fellow members. 2. Archaic. brothers. Syn. 1, 2. See brother. * * * ▪ religious organization       group of Protestant (Protestantism) churches that trace their origin to Schwarzenau, Hesse, where in 1708 a group of seven… …   Universalium

  • Brethren —    Within the Protestant movement, several distinct groups have at different times assumed the name Brethren; the name implied the closeness and intimacy they saw as a feature of their fellowship and also allowed them to distinguish themselves… …   Encyclopedia of Protestantism

  • Brethren — Brother Broth er (br[u^][th] [ e]r), n.; pl. {Brothers} (br[u^][th] [ e]rz) or {Brethren} (br[e^][th] r[e^]n). See {Brethren}. [OE. brother, AS. br[=o][eth]or; akin to OS. brothar, D. broeder, OHG. pruodar, G. bruder, Icel. br[=o][eth]ir, Sw. &… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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