how to pronounce brethren


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brethren is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of brethren in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… our brethren basically at other transit …”

meanings of brethren


  1. Plural of brother.
  2. A member of a Brethren congregation or denomination.
  3. The body of members, especially of a fraternal, religious or military order.
  4. Any Brethren denomination (usually preceded by "the" or "The").


  1. Of or akin to; related; like.

brethren frequency in english - C2 level of CEFR

the word brethren occurs in english on average 5.4 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics brethren can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that brethren can be often used in the following areas:

1) people, society, and culture;

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