See also: brother in law

English Edit

Alternative forms Edit

Etymology Edit

From Middle English brother-in-lawe; equivalent to brother +‎ -in-law.

Pronunciation Edit

Noun Edit

brother-in-law (plural brothers-in-law or (archaic) brethren-in-law or (colloquial, nonstandard) brother-in-laws)

  1. A male relative of one's generation, separated by one degree of marriage:
    1. The brother of one's spouse.
    2. The husband of one's sibling.
  2. (uncommon) Co-brother-in-law: A male relative of one's generation, separated by two degrees of marriage:
    1. The husband of the sibling of one's spouse.
      • 2009, Donal Lowry, “Kettle, Thomas Michael (‘Tom’)”, in Dictionary of Irish Biography, Cambridge University Press:
        He was appalled by trench conditions and the prolongation of the war, a disillusionment further encouraged by the Easter rising, in which his brother-in-law, Francis Sheehy-Skeffington (qv), was murdered by a deranged Anglo-Irish officer, J. C. Bowen-Colthurst (qv).
    2. The brother of the spouse of one's sibling.

Quotations Edit

Derived terms Edit

Related terms Edit

Translations Edit

The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables. See instructions at Wiktionary:Entry layout § Translations.

References Edit