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 But the country of 11 million has been increasingly roiled by internal tension, including accusations that King Abdullah II had amassed vast offshore assets and the 2021 arrest of the monarch’s half brother, accused of involvement in a sedition plot. Aaron Boxerman, New York Times, 2 Sep. 2023 Jeff Bridges plays Nick Kegan, whose half brother was gunned down while serving as U.S. president. Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times, 25 Aug. 2023 Priscilla will serve as trustee for her son, Navarone Garibaldi, who is Lisa Marie's half brother. Morgan Hines, USA TODAY, 14 June 2023 He is survived by his wife of 59 years, the former Bonnie Lang; a son, Barry Davis of Owings Mills; two daughters, Lynda Davis of Linthicum and Lolly Forsythe-Chisholm of Pasadena; a half brother, Robert Davis of Dennis Port, Massachusetts; and two grandchildren. Frederick N. Rasmussen, Baltimore Sun, 24 May 2023 Teaming with half brother Westside Gunn and cousin Benny the Butcher, the Buffalo rapper helped build Griselda Records into a shrine to New York drug rap from days past, serving malevolence and opulence in equal measure. Chris Kelly, Washington Post, 30 Aug. 2023 His half brother and fellow Three 6 Mafia founder, DJ Paul, born Paul Beauregard, painted a desolate picture. Danyel Smith, New York Times, 8 Aug. 2023 The Maryland man who stabbed to death his elderly mother’s high school classmate in Cumberland and fatally shot his half brother and sister-in-law in Ellicott City over 24 hours in 2021 was driven to kill by delusions derived from coronavirus vaccine conspiracy theories, state doctors determined. Alex Mann, Baltimore Sun, 28 Mar. 2023 The Roy children — Kendall, Roman, Shiv and their half brother, Connor — have developed a survivors’ bond and survivalist cutthroat instincts; one arm joins the group hug, the other holds a dagger. James Poniewozik, New York Times, 26 May 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of half brother was in the 14th century

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“Half brother.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/half%20brother. Accessed 26 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition

half brother

: a brother by one parent only

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