half sister


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 The Trump administration has limited Cuban Americans' ability to send money to family who still live in Cuba, which for Ferrera includes her half sister and a baby niece. Deirdre Shesgreen, USA TODAY, "Biden, Harris make late push for Cuban American voters in Florida. Will it make a difference?," 20 Oct. 2020 Murdoch watchers across media say James is aligned with his sister Elisabeth and his half sister, Prudence, even as he is estranged from his father and brother. Maureen Dowd, New York Times, "James Murdoch, Rebellious Scion," 10 Oct. 2020 Her father was an actor, writer and producer, her mother and an older half sister were actresses. Washington Post, "Helen Reddy, whose ‘I Am Woman’ became a feminist anthem, dies at 78," 30 Sep. 2020 The grieving girl moved in with her newlywed half sister, Elizabeth. Marjoleine Kars, Washington Post, "Widow, slaveholder, mother of our first president," 25 July 2019 Her father is Marc Anthony Thompson, a songwriter who has been recording since the 1980s under his own name and as Chocolate Genius (and with whom Zsela has lately been singing live on Instagram); the actress Tessa Thompson is her half sister. Jon Pareles, New York Times, "Meet Zsela, a Singer Perfecting the Art of Taking It Slowly," 22 Apr. 2020 In addition to his daughter, he is survived by his third wife, Susan (Cavallari) Walker, as well as a half sister and a grandson. John Schwartz, New York Times, "Clint Walker, Western Star Tall in the Saddle, Is Dead at 90," 22 May 2018 She is survived by four children, her nine siblings, two half sisters and two half brothers. Arash Azizi, New York Times, "Azam Taleghani, Defiant Would-Be President of Iran, Dies at 76," 1 Nov. 2019 Isen brought along her two mothers, her biological father, who was a sperm donor for the couple, and nine of her half brothers and half sisters. Matthew Wilson, USA TODAY, "'American Idol' recap: Judges and crowdsourcing send more auditioning singers to Hollywood," 24 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of half sister

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Half sister.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/half%20sister. Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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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

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Kids Definition of half sister

: a sister by one parent only

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