half brother

noun

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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Two white men -- Donham's then-husband, Roy Bryant, and his half brother, J.W. Milam -- were charged with murder but acquitted in the slaying of the Chicago teen, who had been staying with relatives in northern Mississippi at the time. CBS News, "Author of Emmett Till book gave FBI interview recordings," 13 July 2018 Prince Norodom Ranariddh, 74, son of the late King Norodom Sihanouk and half brother of Cambodia’s current king, was injured when a taxi slammed into his SUV in southwest Cambodia. Washington Post, "Injured former Cambodian PM Ranariddh sent to Thai hospital," 18 June 2018 Last year, North Korea barred Malaysian diplomats from leaving until Malaysia’s government agreed to release North Koreans suspected of involvement in the killing of Mr. Kim’s half brother at Kuala Lumpur airport. Andrew Jeong, WSJ, "Fate of 12 North Korean Waitresses Strains Moon-Kim Detente," 23 May 2018 Kim, the authoritarian, 30-something leader of the reclusive state of 25 million, is accused of having been involved in the assassination of his own half brother at a Malaysian airport two years ago. BostonGlobe.com, "A long wait in steamy city for glimpse at history in making," 10 June 2018 Two white men — Donham's then-husband, Roy Bryant, and his half brother, J.W. Milam — were charged with murder but acquitted in the slaying of Chicago teen Till, who had been staying with relatives in northern Mississippi at the time. Jay Reeves, Anchorage Daily News, "‘New information’ prompts US to reopen investigation of brutal 1955 slaying of black teen," 12 July 2018 Craig is Scott's half brother and is also a successful Miami real estate developer. Emily L. Mahoney And Mary Ellen Klas, miamiherald, "Who is writing the checks? Here are the Top 5 donors to each candidate for governor," 21 June 2018 Kim Jong Un's half brother was fatally poisoned with VX nerve agent in a Malaysian airport last year in an attack the U.S. attributes to the North. Fox News, "Some worry Trump is overlooking other issues with NKorea," 5 June 2018 Then there is Tracy Dooley, the ex-wife of the half brother (which makes her Meghan’s former sister-in-law). Sarah Lyall, BostonGlobe.com, "For Meghan Markle’s American family, a relentless UK glare," 16 May 2018

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First Known Use of half brother

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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half brother

noun

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

half brother

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Kids Definition of half brother

: a brother by one parent only

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