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2As a title preceding a man's name, especially a forename: ‘Brother’.
3slang Slang. A (fellow) Caribbean or Rastafarian man; (more generally) a man, a guy, especially when considered as a fellow member of a particular social or cultural group; (hence) a close male associate or friend.
Mid 19th century. Representing a Caribbean or African-American pronunciation of brother.
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