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nounSouthern, United States Regional
As a title preceding a man's name, especially a forename: ‘Brother’.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Scott's Monthly Magazine. Representing a U.S. regional (chiefly in African-American usage) or Caribbean pronunciation of brother.
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