भाई

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Hindi[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Prakrit, akin to Sanskrit भ्रातृ (bhrā́tṛ), from Proto-Indo-Aryan *bʰráHtā, from Proto-Indo-Iranian *bʰráHtā, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰréh₂tēr (brother). Cognates include Persian برادر (barâdar), Ancient Greek φράτηρ (phrátēr), Latin frāter, Old Norse bróðir and Old English brōþor (English brother).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

भाई (bhāīm (Urdu spelling بھائی)

  1. brother
    मेरा छोटा भाई बहुत मासूम है।
    merā choṭā bhāī bahut māsūm hai.
    My younger brother is very naive.
    Synonyms: भ्रातृ (bhrātŕ), भ्राता (bhrātā)
  2. (informal, chiefly vocative) dude, friend, bro
    Synonyms: यार (yār)

Declension[edit]

Declension of भाई
singular plural
direct भाई (bhāī) भाई (bhāī)
oblique भाई (bhāī) भाइयों (bhāiyõ)
vocative भाई (bhāī) भाइयो (bhāiyo)

Related terms[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Bahri, Hardev (1989), “भाई”, in Siksarthi Hindi-Angrejhi Sabdakosa [Learners' Hindi-English Dictionary], Delhi: Rajpal & Sons
  • Platts, John T. (1884), “भाई”, in A dictionary of Urdu, classical Hindi, and English, London: W. H. Allen & co.
  • Caturvedi, Mahendra; Bhola Nath Tiwari (1970), “भाई”, in A practical Hindi-English dictionary, Delhi: National Publishing House
  • Syamasundara Dasa (1965-1975), “भाई”, in Hindi Sabdasagara [Comprehensive Hindi Dictionary] (in Hindi), Kashi [Varanasi]: Nagari Pracarini Sabha