half brother


Definition of half brother

: a brother related through one parent only

Examples of half brother in a Sentence

George is my half brother.

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Among those assassinated by the regime since Kim Jong Un took power in 2011 after his father’s death are Kim’s half brother and his uncle. BostonGlobe.com, "Mike Pompeo heading to North Korea to meet with Kim Jong Un again," 9 May 2018 Gayoom is now an ally of the pro-Nasheed coalition and was jailed by his half brother. Bharatha Mallawarachi, The Seattle Times, "Maldives opposition leader: Gov’t may rig next month’s poll," 27 Aug. 2018 As a result, she was cut out of his will and everything will go to her 27-year-old half brother. Tyler Mccarthy, Fox News, "David Cassidy's son to reportedly receive his full estate which well-exceeds previous estimates," 19 July 2018 Survivors include five children; a brother; a half sister; a half brother; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Washington Post, "John Melcher, Democrat who served Montana in House and Senate, dies at 93," 13 Apr. 2018 By his teens, Brian had two half sisters and a half brother. Chris Ballard, SI.com, "Same Warrior, New Battle: Brian Grant Won't Back Down From Parkinson's Disease," 2 May 2018 Yameen used his first term to consolidate power, jailing opponents, including his half brother, a former president, and two Supreme Court Justices. Fox News, "Maldives' provisional elections results show opposition win," 24 Sep. 2018 President Bill Clinton pardoned his half brother, Roger Clinton; Marc Rich, the politically connected financier; and Susan McDougal, a former business partner who went to prison rather than testify against him in the Whitewater inquiry. Peter Baker, New York Times, "Trump Wields Pardon Pen to Confront Justice System," 31 May 2018 He is survived by a brother, Mel Andrew Falcón; two half sisters, Yolanda Falcón and Yvette Grau; a half brother, Joseph Grau; his stepmother, Ada Falcón; and a niece and nephew. New York Times, "Angelo Falcón, Advocate for Latinos in New York, Dies at 66," 25 May 2018

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First Known Use of half brother

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of half brother

: a brother with the same father but a different mother or the same mother but a different father

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Kids Definition of half brother

: a brother by one parent only

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