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brother, noun

English, AfrikaansShow more Special senses of general English, influenced by the use of the equivalent words in Afrikaans and the Sintu (Bantu) languages.
1. [translation of Afrikaans broeder.] Broederbonder.
1950 H. Gibbs Twilight in S. Afr. 203It (sc. the Broederbond) was a sort of secret Star Chamber..whose aim..was..the promotion of the interests of a smaller section, especially the ‘Brothers’ and their friends.
2. [translation of various words for ‘brother’ in languages of the Sintu (Bantu) group.] Especially among speakers of Sintu (Bantu) languages: a man with the same surname, or a recent common ancestor. Cf. sister.
Used also, as elsewhere, as a term of address or reference to any black man.
1953 D. Jacobson Long Way from London 107Harry Grossman knew enough to know that ‘brother’ in this context could mean anything, from the son of one’s mother, to a friend from a neighbouring kraal.
1990 Weekend Mail 13 July 5In the old days, you did not need to know who someone bearing your name was or where he or she came from. Anyone who bore that name was your brother or sister.
a man with the same surname, or a recent common ancestor.

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