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a. a member of a male religious order who undertakes work for the order without actually being in holy orders
b. a lay member of a male religious order

What does it mean when you dream about your brother?

A dream about one’s brother or any other close family member is difficult to interpret because of the extensive shared history. One’s real-life brother sometimes represents the concept of brotherhood (fellowship, alliance).

References in classic literature ?
Brother Mark of the Spicarium is sore smitten with a fever and could not come.
Levin knew that his elder brother took little interest in farming, and only put the question in deference to him, and so he only told him about the sale of his wheat and money matters.
Henry smiled and said, "I am sure my brother would not wish to do that.
My brother, I understand your longing for our fellow-men, whom here we cannot see.
brother, you were perfectly right when you said to me,--"Jehan
From this statement, and what he himself had seen, he felt convinced that this was his brother who had adopted letters by his father's advice; and excited and rejoiced, he called Don Fernando and Cardenio and the curate aside, and told them how the matter stood, assuring them that the judge was his brother.
How many children are there, and what has my brother Ned given, Trimmers?
His brother starts up, calls him by his name, and grasps him by both hands.
Swift, brother, bind on the wolf's hide, take shield
Of course all the students in the crammer's biology class, to which my brother went that day, were intensely interested, but there were no signs of any unusual excitement in the streets.
I gave my brother half, saying: "Now, brother, you can forget your losses.
Two holy men like thee, brother," quoth the Beggar.