Meaning of Big Brother in English:

Big Brother


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  • 1A person or organization exercising total control over people's lives.

    ‘Big Brother will be watching you from this week when spy cameras start to operate in Essex’
    • ‘for executives who want the Big Brother touch, there are monitoring systems to keep track of employees’
    • ‘Until September 17 of last year, the Canadian government didn't have any Big Brothers on their payroll and we all lived together in blessed harmony within the wonderful realm of free speech.’
    • ‘There is much speculation about what it is that the Big Brothers from Brussels will say, good and bad, about Bulgaria.’
    • ‘We can help erode the power of these Big Brothers by highlighting some home truths.’
    • ‘There is a danger of a Big Brother type society but to be honest I think we already have that and we just have to live with it.’
    • ‘A firm has been keeping a close eye on its workers with a Big Brother style charity event.’
    • ‘This dystopian world is controlled by a mythical supreme ruler, called Big Brother.’
    • ‘They have been seen as fascist Big Brothers by twentieth century thinkers worried about totalitarian states.’
    autocrat, monocrat, absolute ruler


    1950s from the name of the head of state in George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949).

  • 2Australian historical A member of a voluntary organization founded in 1925 which provided foster care for young British immigrants to Australia.

    ‘he had the honour to be a Big Brother to one of them’
    • ‘Well-established Australian citizens would agree to act as a Big Brother to a Little Brother from their homeland.’
    • ‘They were taken out by Big Brothers, adult members of the Movement, who looked after them.’
    • ‘The scheme didn't always work out, as Big Brothers sometimes gave inadequate help.’
    • ‘All told, 1,059 boys were sent to Victoria and received by the Big Brothers.’
    • ‘The Big Brothers are responsible private citizens, representatives of all that is best in the community.’