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blood brother

a person's brother by birth.
a male person bound to another by ties of great friendship.
something usually associated with or thought to exist inseparably from another thing, quality, circumstance, etc.:
Humility is often the blood brother of patience.
a male established in a close relationship with another male through the performance of a specific ritual, as the commingling of blood.
Origin of blood brother
1350-1400; Middle English
Related forms
blood brotherhood, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Though he were the King's blood-brother, he should tell for naught.

    The Ward of King Canute Ottilie A. Liljencrantz
  • And how I've given you the love of a blood-brother to take the place of the brother who died?

    Riders of the Silences John Frederick
  • Slaughter of a member of the totem clan, of a blood-brother, must be atoned for because he is of the totem blood.

  • What am I to do when a blood-brother is on the point of killing a cow?

    Indian Home Rule M. K. Gandhi
  • Moussorgsky's style is blood-brother to the spoken language, is indeed as much the Russian language as music can be.

    Musical Portraits Paul Rosenfeld
  • Something—the blood-brother of death—had been here on this planet, that much was certain.

    Thompson's Cat Robert Moore Williams
  • He tells them to prepare a great feast, as his blood-brother, Ncossi, is invited to come and bring his people.

  • Herein he is as unaccountable as the gray wolf, who is his blood-brother.

    Life's Handicap Rudyard Kipling
  • I still lived, and I was certain that Faris, my blood-brother, was not the man to leave me to die.

    The Treasure of the Tigris A. F. Mockler Ferryman
  • Tezcatlipoca was not the blood-brother of the war-god of the Aztecs, but his brother in so far as he was connected with the sun.

British Dictionary definitions for blood-brother

blood brother

a brother by birth
a man or boy who has sworn to treat another as his brother, often in a ceremony in which their blood is mingled
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for blood-brother

blood brother

noun phrase

A fellow black; blood (1960+ Black)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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