English - Etymology
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. The vowel change from o to e is called umlaut.
English - Pronunciation
- IPA(key): /ˈbrɛðrən/
English - Noun
- (archaic) plural form of brother
- (figuratively) the body of members, especially of a fraternal, religious or military order