Definition of Big Brother

1. Noun. An authoritarian leader and invader of privacy.

Generic synonyms: Authoritarian, Dictator

2. Noun. An older brother.
Generic synonyms: Blood Brother, Brother

Definition of Big Brother

1. Proper noun. The nominal leader of Oceania in George Orwell's novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. ¹

2. Proper noun. By extension, a disparaging name for government surveillance considered to be too intrusive. ¹

3. Proper noun. Any omnipresent figurehead representing oppressive control ¹

4. Proper noun. Unwarranted, invasive, and discreet surveillance, especially of a people by its government ¹

5. Noun. A sibling's older brother (non-gloss definition used especially by children or by parents in speaking to their children). ¹

6. Noun. (alternative form of Big Brother) ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Big Brother

big bands
big bang
big bang theory
big beat
big bedbug
big blind
big bluestem
big bluestems
big board
big box
big boxes
big boy
big boys
big brain
big break
big brother
big brothers
big brown bat
big bucks
big business
big businessman
big cat
big cats
big cheese
big cheeses
big daddies
big daddy
big deal
big deals
big dipper

Literary usage of Big Brother

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Project Curriculum: Dealing with the Project as a Means of Organizing the by Margaret Elizabeth Wells (1921)
"Eugene is the big brother. Ethel is the little sister. John is the little brother ... John is the father. Mary is the big sister. Daniel is the big brother. ..."

2. Pagan Races of the Malay Peninsula by Walter William Skeat, Charles Otto Blagden (1906)
"for in the early morning "Big Brother Nibong" is found to have stolen away from his lady-love during the night, and to have sailed away for ever, ..."

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