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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In season 2 of Riverdale, Betty's not-half brother, Chic came into our lives, totally creeped us out, cut up the Cooper's precious family photos, and turned poor Alice Cooper into a murderer. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "4 Clues That Prove Chic Is Actually Still Alive On "Riverdale"," 4 Oct. 2018 North Korea is also believed to possess large stores of germ weapons and nerve gas, like the kind used to assassinate Mr. Kim’s half brother in an attack last year in Malaysia. David E. Sanger And William J. Broad, New York Times, "Verifying the End of a Nuclear North Korea ‘Could Make Iran Look Easy’," 6 May 2018 The indictment alleges that Salemme and his son, who died in 1995, had a hidden interest in The Channel, a now-defunct Southie club that DiSarro co-owned and managed with his half brother in the early 1990s. Travis Andersen, BostonGlobe.com, "Lawyers for former Mafia boss Salemme: keep slain club owner’s statements out of trial," 16 Apr. 2018 Just outside the fray are the siblings’ space-cadet half brother Connor (Alan Ruck) as well as Logan’s nephew Greg Hirsch (Nicholas Braun), an awkward young striver who shows up at the mogul’s 80th birthday party to beg for employment. Judy Berman, Time, "Succession Is a Bleak But Satisfying Portrait of Modern Wealth," 7 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 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

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First Known Use of half brother

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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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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