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.
Recent Examples on the Web The agreement is likely to be seen as the latest in a series of wins for Saudi Arabia's energy minister, Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman, who is an older half brother of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the chief Saudi policymaker. Arkansas Online, "As supply data on oil awaited, prices edge up," 25 Dec. 2019 The man in question is Bernard Garrett Jr., whom the accuser says is her half brother. Matt Donnelly, chicagotribune.com, "Apple TV Plus abruptly cancels AFI Fest premiere of ‘The Banker’ over concerns from real-life story’s family," 21 Nov. 2019 Shepherd, 25, struck and killed 9-year-old Alivia Stahl and the girl's 6-year-old twin half brothers, Xzavier and Mason Ingle. Indianapolis Star, "Woman gets 4 years prison, 3 years house arrest for Fulton County bus stop crash that killed three kids," 18 Dec. 2019 Police found Brian Cornelius and Fessler's 14-year-old half brother shot dead at the house. Chris Mayhew, Cincinnati.com, "Alexandria shooting: Man accused of killing half-brother, uncle asks for a public defender," 12 Nov. 2019 Wendell Hogan, Tiyon Farley’s grandfather, said his grandson and Lee Farley Jr. were half brothers. Evan Sernoffsky, SFChronicle.com, "Was the Orinda Halloween shooting linked to a quadruple slaying in San Francisco? Police are investigating," 5 Nov. 2019 She is survived by four children, her nine siblings, two half sisters and two half brothers. Arash Azizi, New York Times, "Azam Taleghani, Defiant Would-Be President of Iran, Dies at 76," 1 Nov. 2019 Some people have been posting fan theories about Fangs potentially being Sweet Pea's half brother. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Everything You Need to Know About "Riverdale"'s Sweet Pea," 30 Sep. 2019 Another half brother is very high functioning, his mother says, but is in full-time special education because of difficulties with speech and dyslexia. Author: Ariana Eunjung Cha, Anchorage Daily News, "The autistic children of sperm donor H898," 16 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of half brother

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Half brother.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/half%20brother. Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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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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