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

After a 911 call from a concerned neighbor, the police obtained a search warrant and found Dee Dee stabbed to death in the bedroom. Alexis Jones, Marie Claire, "How True Is 'The Act'? The Hulu Series' Backstory Is Chilling," 20 Mar. 2019 The Parlament Bed & Breakfast offers rooftop views of the riverside, complete with an expansive view of it’s next door neighbor, the Parliament Building. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "The 10 Best Vacations You Can Take With Your Tax Refund," 18 Mar. 2019 Another onscreen mother daughter duo, Chloë Sevigny and AnnaSophia Robb, who play Blanchard’s skeptical neighbors, were both in headbands and dresses by Simone Rocha at last night's event. Lauren Sanchez, Vogue, "Patricia Arquette, Chloë Sevigny, Joey King, and AnnaSophia Robb Attend Last Night’s Premiere for Hulu’s Hair-Raising Series, The Act," 16 Mar. 2019 But according to Bruce and Dana DeKalb, the Harts’ neighbors in Woodland, Washington, those posts provide a stark contrast to their own interactions with the six Hart children. Glamour, "Broken Harts, Episode 4: ‘My God, There’s Six of Them’," 31 Dec. 2018 That’s why a unified stand at this summit – against Russian cyber-hacking, invasions of neighbors, poisonings abroad, and Kremlin threats to NATO members – was so important. Trudy Rubin,, "Trump does Putin's dirty work at NATO summit | Trudy Rubin," 11 July 2018 Or ask a neighbor, who will tell you that these guys suck the juices from plants' vascular systems and drain the plant of some of its nutrients. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "If you have plants outside, you have aphids. Here’s what to do about it.," 5 July 2018 On this day, lovers, neighbors, children, and friends gather around a BBQ, cold beers sweating in hand, to stare into piles of pork belly, strip steak, burger patties, and row after row of red hot dogs. Emily Dreyfuss, WIRED, "In Defense of the Vegan Hot Dog," 4 July 2018 There's eyes everywhere, there's normal people that aren't famous that are your neighbors, b*tch. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Jeffree Star Comments on the Jordyn Woods/Tristan Thompson Cheating Scandal," 4 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The visit by Somalia’s leader, at the invitation of longtime President Isaias Afwerki, follows a stunning diplomatic thaw between Eritrea and neighboring Ethiopia after more than two decades. Abdi Guled, The Seattle Times, "Eritrea and Somalia restore ties, want UN sanctions lifted," 30 July 2018 Habtai, who works at a hotline for fellow African migrants, described how he had been wounded after being drafted into the Eritrean army during a war with neighboring Ethiopia. Paul Goldman, NBC News, "Israel’s plan to deport African migrants prompts soul-searching," 7 Feb. 2018 The battle for Syria’s southwestern corner alarmed neighboring Jordan and Israel, and both allowed some Syrians to cross as refugees. Louisa Loveluck, Washington Post, "Syrian army raises flag above city considered as birthplace of uprising against Assad," 12 July 2018 Romanian officials warned about travel to neighboring Bulgaria, where there were snowdrifts of 40 centimeters (16 inches) and high winds in the Kardzhali and Smolyan provinces in the south and center of the country., "The Latest: Swedish Prime Minister Uninjured After Car Skids," 26 Feb. 2018 Iranian theocracy appeals mainly to a few neighboring Shiite Islamic factions, and Iran’s long-term conflicts with other sects have made many states eager to cooperate in restraining its influence. Stephen Harper, WSJ, "The World Must Unite to Stop Iran," 4 Mar. 2018 The clones seem to be driven by positive selection; the mutations are conferring a competitive advantage to the cells that carry them, allowing them to grow faster than neighboring cells. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "Healthy tissues in older people carry a lot of cancer-promoting mutations," 26 Oct. 2018 The menu changes nightly, based on seasonal produce from neighboring farms and the catch of the day. Paul Rubio, Condé Nast Traveler, "Beautiful Places to See New England Fall Foliage This Year," 5 Oct. 2018 Since the variance approval, neighboring property owners have filed an appeal, and the county executive, Steve Schuh, has pushed through legislation banning variances for marijuana dispensaries. Lisa Prevost, New York Times, "Despite State Blessing, Marijuana Dispensaries Face Local Rancor," 3 July 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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