Meaning of bredren in English:

bredren

Pronunciation /ˈbrɛdrən/

noun

  • 1US dialect (in African-American usage), in later use chiefly Jamaican. With plural agreement. Brethren, brothers; (in later use) especially friends, companions, close associates, especially when considered as fellow members of a particular social or cultural group.

    Now frequently in British (chiefly Afro-Caribbean) usage.

  • 2slang (originally and chiefly Jamaican). With singular agreement. A close (male) friend or associate.

    Now frequently in British (chiefly Afro-Caribbean) usage.

Origin

Early 19th century; earliest use found in Tickler. Representing an African-American or Caribbean pronunciation of brethren, variant plural form of brother.