neigh·​bor | \ ˈnā-bər How to pronounce neighbor (audio) \

Definition of neighbor

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : one living or located near another had lunch with her next-door neighbor
2 : fellow man thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself — Matthew 19:19 (King James Version)



Definition of neighbor (Entry 2 of 3)

: being immediately adjoining or relatively near


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

Definition of neighbor (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

: to adjoin immediately or lie relatively near to

intransitive verb

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

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Examples of neighbor in a Sentence


We invited our friends and neighbors. Canada is a neighbor of the U.S. Venus is Earth's nearest neighbor.


the baseball field neighbors a parking lot
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Some neighbors on Tuesday did not seem aware of the former boxer in the two-story red brick rowhouse sandwiched between another house and a vacant lot on the 2700 block of West Lehigh Avenue was once a hero in Philadelphia’s storied boxing scene. Ellie Silverman,, "Former boxing icon Meldrick Taylor charged with aggravated assault," 5 June 2019 Near Fayetteville, neighbors of the Chemours PFAS facility are making plans for a Fourth of July parade float dedicated to warning others just how widely PFAS was turning up in the area. Michael Casey, The Denver Post, "FDA finds contamination by “forever chemicals” in grocery store meats, seafood and chocolate cake," 3 June 2019 During the election campaign, Modi played up the threat of Pakistan, India’s Muslim-majority neighbor and archrival, especially after the suicide bombing of a paramilitary convoy in Kashmir on Feb. 14 that killed 40 Indian soldiers. Ashok Sharma, The Seattle Times, "India’s marathon election ends, vote count begins Thursday," 20 May 2019 Though their ideologies were initially peaceful, from all accounts, MOVE's members weren’t exactly ideal neighbors. Kim Kelly, Teen Vogue, "The History of the Black Radical Group MOVE and Its Infamous Bombing by Police," 17 May 2019 The island country, neighbor to an increasingly heavily armed China, will purchase 105 of the -A versions used by the U.S. Air Force. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Ends Search for Missing F-35 Fighter Jet," 10 May 2019 Another surprise was the discovery of flowering vegetation that had taken root on the volcanic cone and in the mud of the isthmus connecting HTHH to its neighbor. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "A Young Island in the South Pacific Oozes Mysteries and Mud," 5 Feb. 2019 At Kensington, the Sussexes' neighbors include other famous royals like the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their kids. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Are Moving Out of Kensington Palace Sooner Than You Think," 31 Jan. 2019 And, with each wire only 12nm from its neighbors, scaling up doesn't involve an enormous investment in materials and space. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Memristors built with 2-nanometer-thick parts," 14 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Franks is not the first Gator quarterback pursued by Red Sox, the storied franchise Mullen admired while growing up in neighboring New Hampshire. Edgar Thompson,, "UF QB Feleipe Franks ‘flattered’ Boston Red Sox drafted him, committed to Gators," 5 June 2019 The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office, with help from neighboring law enforcement agencies, initially detained 10 protestors for trespassing, deputies said. Kurtis Alexander,, "Petaluma duck farm stormed by hundreds of animal rights activists, 98 arrested," 3 June 2019 The Lake Erie League also is adding neighboring rival Garfield Heights this winter and Shaker Heights the following year. Matt Goul,, "Sean Weatherspoon hired as Maple Heights boys basketball coach," 3 June 2019 There was controversy within the organization after Russia took over the Crimea region in neighboring Ukraine, claiming it as its own. Mythili Sampathkumar, Teen Vogue, "Pussy Riot’s Masha Alyokhina Talks Hope, History, Activism, and the “New Cold War”," 22 May 2019 Newport and Covington are neighboring cities in Northern Kentucky, separated by the Licking River. Scott Wartman,, "How do you keep Newport people from ruining Covington? Build a wall, says one candidate.," 2 Feb. 2018 Moving to India as viceroy, in 1888, provided him a grander stage and more difficult responsibilities, not least handling sectarian tensions between Hindus and Muslims and unrest in neighboring Afghanistan. William Anthony Hay, WSJ, "‘Lansdowne’ Review: Noble Aspirations," 26 Dec. 2018 His security apparatus prevented the type of rampant crime and gang violence that have devastated neighboring Honduras and El Salvador. Joshua Partlow, Washington Post, "‘The people lost their fear’: How Nicaragua’s new revolution took shape," 26 Apr. 2018 Since September 20, 2014, when operations in Syria began, the U.S. has spent an average of $14.3 million a day on operations there and in neighboring Iraq, according to the Pentagon. Daniel Flatley,, "Trump Muddles His Syria Policy Anew With Vow to Exit ‘Very Soon’," 3 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of neighbor


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

History and Etymology for neighbor

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

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

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English Language Learners Definition of neighbor

: a person who lives next to or near another person
: a person or thing that is next to or near another


neigh·​bor | \ ˈnā-bər How to pronounce neighbor (audio) \

Kids Definition of neighbor

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a person living near another
2 : a person, animal, or thing located near some other person, animal, or thing The house's nearest neighbor is a church.


neighbored; neighboring

Kids Definition of neighbor (Entry 2 of 2)

: to be near or next to

Other Words from neighbor

neighboring adjective

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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