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

If their three older half sisters complained, Venus — reflexively, almost professionally, protective, like the Secret Service — told them Serena didn’t understand the rules. Elizabeth Weil, New York Times, "Did Venus Williams Ever Get Her Due?," 22 Aug. 2019 As the oldest child, Braiden grew up taking care of a half sister and half brother. Samantha Schmidt, Washington Post, "Braiden Schirtzinger is non-binary, pregnant and about to take on the most gendered role of all," 16 Aug. 2019 In the weeks before the couple’s May 2018 royal wedding, the press zeroed in on Meghan’s family, with particular focus on her rocky relationship with her father, Thomas Markle, and her half sister, Samantha. Washington Post, "For Britain’s vicious tabloids, Meghan remains a constant target," 31 July 2019 While the case advanced in court, Jackie gave birth last June to Zachary’s half sister. Jan Hoffman, New York Times, "Who Can Adopt a Native American Child? A Texas Couple vs. 573 Tribes," 5 June 2019 Also at the ceremonies was the groom’s father Daniel Ducruet, and reflecting the blended family in which Louis was raised, several half sisters and half brothers of the groom were also present. Peter Mikelbank, PEOPLE.com, "Royal Wedding Bells Are Ringing! Princess Stéphanie of Monaco's Son Marries College Sweetheart," 27 July 2019 Nearly three years after she was first accused of ordering a bodyguard to assault a man in Paris, Hassa bint Salman, the half sister of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, went on trial in France on Tuesday. Washington Post, "Half sister of Saudi crown prince is on trial in Paris after theft and kidnapping charges," 11 July 2019 Qasimi had three sisters, one half sister and a half-brother, who died years ago, according to the official biography of Sharjah ruler Sultan Al Qasimi. Tara John And Barbara Wojazer, CNN, "UAE prince and fashion designer Khalid Al Qasimi dies at 39," 3 July 2019 Late last year, officials used these clues to track down three more presumed relatives on Raul’s father’s side: a half sister and two half nephews. San Diego Union-Tribune, "They vowed to be friends for life. When one died at war, the other fought years to bring him home," 3 May 2019

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First Known Use of half sister

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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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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