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neigh·​bor ˈnā-bər How to pronounce neighbor (audio)
: one living or located near another
had lunch with her next-door neighbor
: fellow man
thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyselfMatthew 19:19 (King James Version)


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: being immediately adjoining or relatively near


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neighbored; neighboring ˈnā-b(ə-)riŋ How to pronounce neighbor (audio)

transitive verb

: to adjoin immediately or lie relatively near to

intransitive verb

: to live or be located as a neighbor
: to associate in a neighborly way

Examples of neighbor in a Sentence

Noun We invited our friends and neighbors. Canada is a neighbor of the U.S. Venus is Earth's nearest neighbor. Verb the baseball field neighbors a parking lot
Recent Examples on the Web
Another resident said his neighbor, a shopkeeper, was killed after a shell hit him. Reuters, CNN, 19 June 2024 Canyon County, neighbor to the more-liberal-leaning Ada County, has long been known as a place where Democratic candidates rarely win elections. Marcus Dorsey| Rachel Spacek, Idaho Statesman, 19 June 2024
Some non-neighbor friends are appalled. Amy Dickinson, Chicago Tribune, 17 Nov. 2022
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Word History


Noun, Adjective, and Verb

Middle English, from Old English nēahgebūr (akin to Old High German nāhgibūr); akin to Old English nēah near and Old English gebūr dweller — more at nigh, boor

First Known Use


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1530, in the meaning defined above


circa 1586, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of neighbor was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Neighbor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


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neigh·​bor ˈnā-bər How to pronounce neighbor (audio)
: a person who lives near another
: a person or thing located near another
Canada is a neighbor of the U.S.
: a fellow human being


2 of 2 verb
neighbored; neighboring
: to be next to or near to
neighboring towns


Old English nēahgebūr "neighbor," from nēah "near" + gebūr "dweller" — related to near, nigh

Word Origin
The words near and nigh are both related to—and have the same meaning as—the Old English word nēah. Another word which can be traced, at least in part, to nēah is neighbor. The combination of nēah, meaning "near," and gebūr, meaning "dweller," produced the Old English word nēahgebūr. This word was used for "a person living near another." The pronunciation and spelling of nēahgebūr has changed over the centuries to give us neighbor, but the word's basic meaning has remained the same.

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