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.
Recent Examples on the Web In addition to her son, Ms. Campbell-Adams is survived by a daughter, Lilka Adams; a sister, Glenda Campbell Roberts; a brother, Erwin; a half brother, Carl Campbell; and a half sister, Brenda Campbell Gibbs. New York Times, "Betty Campbell-Adams, Bronx Evangelist of Carrot Cake, Dies at 65," 27 Dec. 2020 Her ne’er-do-well half brother, Paul, also craves a fresh start. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, "My Favorite Fiction of 2020," 17 Dec. 2020 The killing was assumed to have been ordered by Kim Jong Un, his half brother, in the interest of eliminating a potential rival. Seyward Darby, Longreads, "The Secret Group Trying to Topple North Korea’s Regime," 25 Nov. 2020 His 83-year-old half brother, Sheikh Nawaf Ahmed al-Sabah, assumed the throne and named his heir apparent. Washington Post, "World Digest: Oct. 8, 2020," 8 Oct. 2020 The killing was assumed to have been ordered by Kim Jong Un, his half brother, in the interest of eliminating a potential rival. Seyward Darby, Longreads, "The Secret Group Trying to Topple North Korea’s Regime," 25 Nov. 2020 The killing was assumed to have been ordered by Kim Jong Un, his half brother, in the interest of eliminating a potential rival. Seyward Darby, Longreads, "The Secret Group Trying to Topple North Korea’s Regime," 25 Nov. 2020 The killing was assumed to have been ordered by Kim Jong Un, his half brother, in the interest of eliminating a potential rival. Seyward Darby, Longreads, "The Secret Group Trying to Topple North Korea’s Regime," 25 Nov. 2020 The crown prince, Sabah’s half brother, Sheik Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Sabah, has been closely involved in decision-making on all levels, including how to confront rising challenges by opposition forces in one of the region’s most open political systems. Washington Post, "Kuwait’s emir al-Sabah, influential voice in the Middle East, dies at 91," 29 Sep. 2020

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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 7 Mar. 2021.

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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

noun

Kids Definition of half brother

: a brother by one parent only

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