brother-in-law

See also: brother in law

EnglishEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

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

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

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’)", 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.

QuotationsEdit

  • 1597, William Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part I, act 1, sc. 3,
    We at our own charge shall ransom straight
    His brother-in-law, the foolish Mortimer;

Derived termsEdit

Related termsEdit

TranslationsEdit

The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables, removing any numbers. Numbers do not necessarily match those in definitions. See instructions at Wiktionary:Entry layout § Translations.

ReferencesEdit