Brother-in-law


Brother-in-law

A brother-in-law is one's sister's husband, or one's spouse's brother. One's spouse's sister's husband is also considered a brother-in-law. [ [http://www.m-w.com/dictionary/brother-in-law Merriam-Webster dictionary entry] ] [ [http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/brother-in-law reference.com dictionary entry] ] The plural of this term is "brothers-in-law".

Example: Rob and Gwen are married. Gwen has a Sister, Claire, and so Rob is Claire's brother-in-law. Claire will marry Neil, who will then become Gwen's Brother-in-law. Furthermore, Rob and Neil will become brothers-in-law to one another.

At least one source [ [http://www.allwords.com/word-brother-in-law.html AllWords.com dictionary definition] ] uses "sibling" instead of "sister", allowing for the fact that one's brother may be married to a man.

References

ee also

*Affinity (law)
*Sister-in-law
*"Brothers in Law", a British comedy film
*The Brothers-in-Law, a Canadian musical group


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  • brother in law — c.1300; also brother in law; see BROTHER (Cf. brother). In Arabic, Urdu, Swahili, etc., brother in law, when addressed to a male who is not a brother in law, is an extreme insult, with implications of I slept with your sister …   Etymology dictionary

  • Brother-in-law — Broth er in law , n.; pl. {Brothers in law}. The brother of one s husband or wife; also, the husband of one s sister; sometimes, the husband of one s wife s sister. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • brother-in-law — n plural brothers in law 1.) the brother of your husband or wife 2.) the husband of your sister 3.) the husband of your husband or wife s sister →↑sister in law …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • brother-in-law — means (1) one s wife s or husband s brother, (2) one s sister s husband, (3) one s sister in law s husband. The plural is brothers in law …   Modern English usage

  • brother-in-law — ► NOUN (pl. brothers in law) 1) the brother of one s wife or husband. 2) the husband of one s sister or sister in law …   English terms dictionary

  • brother-in-law — brother in ,law (plural brothers in ,law) noun count 1. ) the brother of your husband or wife 2. ) your sister s husband 3. ) the husband of your husband s sister, or of your wife s sister …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • brother-in-law — [bruth′ərin lô΄] n. pl. brothers in law 1. the brother of one s husband or wife 2. the husband of one s sister 3. the husband of the sister of one s wife or husband …   English World dictionary

  • brother-in-law — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms brother in law : singular brother in law plural brothers in law 1) the brother of your husband or wife 2) your sister s husband 3) the husband of your husband s sister, or of your wife s sister …   English dictionary

  • brother-in-law — noun /ˈbrʌð.ɚ.ɪn.lɔː/ a) A male relative of ones generation, separated by one degree of marriage: b) Co brother in law: A male relative of ones generation, separated by two degrees of marriage: See Also: daughter in law, father in law, mother in… …   Wiktionary

  • brother-in-law — brothers in law N COUNT: usu poss N Someone s brother in law is the brother of their husband or wife, or the man who is married to their sister …   English dictionary