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 neighbor (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

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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun And scientists are learning more and more about our planetary neighbor's far side every year. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, 13 Jan. 2022 Less than a minute later, King starts heading back towards his home, but pauses midway before running back to the neighbor's door. Chris Harris,, 13 Jan. 2022 Marche isn't the only Canadian worried about their southern neighbor's future. Dean Obeidallah, CNN, 9 Jan. 2022 India simultaneously shared with Pakistan its list of its neighbor's prisoners being held in India. Arkansas Online, 2 Jan. 2022 In a group party game at the neighbor's, one piece of equipment came over our fence. Washington Post, 23 Dec. 2021 The Baltimore Police Department is now asking the public to help identify the shooter, who can be seen on video hiding in a neighbor's yard across the street before running over and shooting Rogers. Paul Best, Fox News, 16 Dec. 2021 Soon enough, the coyote ran 20 feet into the neighbor's yard and dropped the dog. Evan Casey, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 15 Dec. 2021 Catherine found one of the chandeliers at a neighbor's garage sale for free. Sarah Halverson, Better Homes & Gardens, 15 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The 500 people who neighbor the company’s computer center got something else: an inescapable drone that is driving many of them crazy. Vipal Monga, WSJ, 12 Nov. 2021 Resident Lisa-Diane Smith, of University Parkway, whose home would neighbor the synagogue lot, was the lone person to question the project. cleveland, 8 June 2021 Department of Homeland Security statistics show that the vast majority of children who've come alone to the United States from Central America -- and other regions that don't neighbor the United States -- are still here. Catherine E. Shoichet, CNN, 17 Mar. 2021 At the same time more Silicon Valley residents are struggling to put food on their tables, the tech companies that neighbor the distribution sites are doing better than ever. NBC News, 24 Dec. 2020 Nisarga comes just two weeks after Cyclone Amphan tore through the Bay of Bengal on India’s east coast and battered West Bengal state, killing more than 100 people in India and neighboring Bangladesh. NBC News, 3 June 2020 Nisarga comes just two weeks after Cyclone Amphan tore through the Bay of Bengal on India's east coast and battered West Bengal state, killing more than 100 people in India and neighboring Bangladesh. Fox News, 2 June 2020 The Myanmar military is already facing allegations of genocide over a 2017 crackdown on the Rohingya Muslim minority that forced almost 750,000 women, men and children to flee into neighboring Bangladesh. Amy Gunia, Time, 29 Apr. 2020 The current movement of people is the largest human exodus since a 2017 campaign carried out by Myanmar’s military forced hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims to seek sanctuary in neighboring Bangladesh. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, 19 Feb. 2020

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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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“Neighbor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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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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