From Old Dutch *bruothar, from Proto-Germanic *brōþēr, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰréh₂tēr. Compare German Bruder, West Frisian broer, English brother, Danish broder.
broeder m (plural broeders, diminutive broedertje n)
- (dated) brother, male sibling
- friar, member -especially non-priest- of certain ecclesiastical (notably Catholic clerical) groups
- member of a brotherhood, fraternity, order etc.
- colleague, especially if member of a corporation or other profession-related organisation
- fellow faithful, especially in certain sects, such as the Hussite Moravian Brothers
- a certain biscuit type
- (male sibling): broer (now the common form)