half sister

noun

Definition of half sister

: a sister related through one parent only

Examples of half sister in a Sentence

Emily is my half sister.
Recent Examples on the Web She is survived by her half sister, Kate Shelley, half brother, Kevin Shelley, and nephews Michael and Jack Shelley, all of San Francisco. Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle, 18 Nov. 2021 Barron was referring to historical evidence that Jefferson fathered at least six children with Sally Hemings, an enslaved woman who was his late wife’s half sister. Karen Matthews, USA TODAY, 20 Oct. 2021 Carver also noted Kylie Jenner's half sister Khloe Karadashian has some 192 million followers on Instagram. Peter Suciu, Forbes, 30 Oct. 2021 Barron was referring to historical evidence that Jefferson fathered at least six children with Sally Hemings, an enslaved woman who was his late wife’s half sister. Karen Matthews, USA TODAY, 20 Oct. 2021 Barron was referring to historical evidence that Jefferson fathered at least six children with Sally Hemings, an enslaved woman who was his late wife’s half sister. Karen Matthews, USA TODAY, 20 Oct. 2021 Barron was referring to historical evidence that Jefferson fathered at least six children with Sally Hemings, an enslaved woman who was his late wife’s half sister. Time, 19 Oct. 2021 Barron was referring to historical evidence that Jefferson fathered at least six children with Sally Hemings, an enslaved woman who was his late wife’s half sister. BostonGlobe.com, 19 Oct. 2021 At the beginning of the novel, in Groff’s imagining, Marie is a clumsy, overly tall half sister to the king, born to a 13-year-old maiden who was raped by the king’s father. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, 7 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of half sister

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of half sister was in the 13th century

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30 Nov 2021

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“Half sister.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/half%20sister. Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

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More Definitions for half sister

half sister

noun

English Language Learners Definition of half sister

: a sister with the same father but a different mother or the same mother but a different father

half sister

noun

Kids Definition of half sister

: a sister by one parent only

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