brethren etymology

English word brethren comes from English -en, Middle English brethere, Middle English brether

Detailed word origin of brethren

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
-en English (eng) (dialectal, or, non-standard, rare) Used to form the plural of nouns. Can be used to denote the plural form of a small number of English words, the majority of whose etymology goes back to the n-stem (i.e. weak noun) declension of Germanic languages. Used to form the diminutives of certain nouns. When attached to certain adjectives, it forms a transitive verb whose meaning is, to make [...]
brethere Middle English (enm)
brether Middle English (enm)
brethren English (eng) (archaic). (figuratively) the body of members, especially of a fraternal, religious or military order Of or akin to; related; like.

Words with the same origin as brethren

Descendants of -en
awaken beaten brighten chicken freshen golden lighten loosen straighten strengthen tighten weaken wooden