General English


  • noun a friend, often shortened to bro’ in rap and hip hop parlance
  • noun a lesbian. Although a fairly predictable coinage, it may in fact be an ironic male response to the feminist use of ‘sister’ to indicate solidarity.

Origin & History of “brother”

The word brother is widespread throughout the Indo-European languages. The Indo-European form was *bhrāter, from which are descended, among many others, Latin frāter (as in English fraternal), Greek phrā́tēr, Sanskrit bhrātr, and Breton breur. Its Germanic descendant was *brōthar, which, as well as English brother, has produced German bruder, Dutch broeder, and Swedish broder.