Definition of brother-in-law in English:

brother-in-law

noun

  • 1The brother of one's wife or husband.

    • ‘Roughly one-third lived as sons in families; the fact that another 12 percent were brothers or brothers-in-law of family heads probably reflects the process of chain migration.’
    • ‘I stood in that drive and looked at the palm trees planted on the left, by my brother-in-law and my husband.’
    • ‘He set up show trials which passed capital sentences on thousands of defendants, including his two brothers and two brothers-in-law.’
    • ‘The first gig I played was with my brother-in-law's brother's band, and I was the drummer.’
    • ‘He is deeply regretted by his wife Mary, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, niece, nephew, relatives, neighbours and friends.’
    • ‘Deepest sympathy is extended to his sisters Attracta, Madge and Anne, and his brother Ambrose, brothers-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and a wide circle of friends.’
    • ‘It involved, as we said, the brother-in-law and the brother of the President.’
    • ‘The three men with whom he'd been speaking - brother Will and brothers-in-law Benjamin and Joe - all turn to see.’
    • ‘And that's even though I was once given the chance by my brother-in-law's brother.’
    • ‘He described the Walsh family as being the very heartbeat of the parish and of the local Kilrossanty GAA club, to which her husband Pa and brothers-in-law Tom and Noel had rendered such sterling service over many decades.’
    • ‘With his wife and brother-in-law as the shop's operators, Alex is mainly supposed to act as its chief design officer.’
    • ‘In many cases, those elected were the brothers, wives, sisters or brothers-in-law of arrested politicians, or those not permitted to stand.’
    • ‘Women must be honoured and adorned by their fathers, brothers, husbands and brothers-in-law, who desire their own welfare.’
    • ‘Also having a birthday at almost the same time is Midas, Seven's husband and one of the zaniest brothers-in-law that I have ever come across!’
    • ‘Once back in Germany, he joined his brother, brothers-in-law and others in the underground resistance to Adolf Hitler.’
    • ‘Mike picked up the snapshot of the late Mr Piggot, his brother-in-law and the two wives.’
    • ‘I went up to my brother-in-law's house and asked him to accompany my husband to the hospital.’
    • ‘He lost two brothers and a brother-in-law in the fighting.’
    • ‘His two cousins, two uncles, a brother and a brother-in-law were all killed fighting in Indian Kashmir.’
    • ‘Bret led his brother and brothers-in-law through the anti-American campaign, going to lengths in their interviews never before seen.’
    1. 1.1 The husband of one's sister or sister-in-law.
      • ‘Brother Heffernan is survived by his brother, George and sisters Eileen, Marie and Phil, brothers-in-law, sister-in-law, nephews and nieces.’
      • ‘Abe was predeceased by his mother and father, two brothers, two sisters-in-law and three brothers-in-law.’
      • ‘Deceased is survived by his wife Ruth, teenage sons Daniel and Philip, brother Ian, sisters Anne, Esther and Ruth, by brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, neighbours and a wide circle of friends.’
      • ‘Sheila is sadly mourned by her brother Jim, her sisters Mary, Breeda, Stella and Una, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, a wide circle of relatives, friends and neighbours.’
      • ‘His brothers, sisters, brothers-in-law and the whole family were there.’
      • ‘He is survived by his father Jimmy, brothers Paddy, Liam and John, sisters Eileen and Mary, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.’
      • ‘So this could include two brothers fighting or a brother-in-law snatching his sister-in-law's purse.’
      • ‘She is deeply regretted by her brother Michael, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, relatives, friends and neighbours.’
      • ‘Her husband was away to Ambala, while her brother-in-law and sister-in-law had gone to market.’
      • ‘Nora is survived by her husband Michael, son Mark, daughter Sharon, son-in-law, grandchildren, brothers, sisters, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, relations and friends.’
      • ‘He is mourned by his brother Peter, sisters Madge, Marie and Bernie, sister-in-law, brothers-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.’
      • ‘My brother-in-law, my sister's husband, is an American Airlines pilot who flies out of Boston.’
      • ‘We wish to extend the sympathy of the community to his sisters Mona and Breda, brothers Seamus, Bob, Michael and Ciaran, brothers-in-law, sisters-in.law, nephews, nieces, relatives and a very large circle of friends.’
      • ‘She is mourned by her husband Sean, daughters, brothers and sisters, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, a wide circle of friends and the staff and colleagues at Erkina House.’
      • ‘Deceased is mourned by her brother Pat, nephews and nieces, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law and other relatives and friends.’
      • ‘By the time my mother died, all her brothers and sisters, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, were dead.’
      • ‘She is deeply regretted by her husband Jim, sisters, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours and friends.’
      • ‘He is deeply regretted by his wife Bea, daughter Anne; sister Catherine; sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law; nephews, nieces; neighbours and friends.’
      • ‘I have a wife, a son, a sister, a sister-in-law, three brothers-in-law, a mother, a father-in-law, a nephew, and a niece.’
      • ‘He is survived by his daughter Geraldine, brother Thomas, sister-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends to whom deepest sympathy is extended.’

Pronunciation

brother-in-law

/ˈbrəT͟Hərinˌlô//ˈbrəðərɪnˌlɔ/