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

Its primary mission was to help Midwest farm families share their grain with hungry neighbors in post-World War II Europe and Asia. Lois Szymanski,, "Central Carroll: Westminster church hosting Apple Festival and Car Show; walk aims to fight hunger; Peace Day," 9 Sep. 2019 Look toward the east sky this week to glimpse Earth's celestial neighbor. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Get ready for 'harvest moon effect' as the full moon rises on Friday the 13th," 9 Sep. 2019 In 1949, Howard Unruh, a resident of Camden, N.J., shot and killed 13 of his neighbors., "Today in history: September 6," 6 Sep. 2019 Sony Michel — Call him the guy everyone outside of New England — and maybe a few of our neighbors, too — underestimated in their fantasy football drafts last year. Chad Finn,, "The Patriots will look different, but still terrific, on Sunday vs. the Steelers," 6 Sep. 2019 Sawyer said one of his neighbors took photos of what’s left of the house and sent them to him. Wire Service, The Mercury News, "They watched on doorbell camera as their house was destroyed," 6 Sep. 2019 Most importantly, Ruth had the kindest and most generous heart and was a loving Mom to her children and those of her neighbors during these years., "Ruth Beede," 5 Sep. 2019 Agents can learn not only from their own experiences of vaccinating but also from the experiences of their neighbors. Scientific American, "How Misinformation Spreads—and Why We Trust It," 3 Sep. 2019 These fit together in an intricate and remarkably strong pattern, with each cell surrounded by an average of 14 neighbors. Ian Randall, Science | AAAS, "Why walnuts are such tough nuts to crack," 3 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

About 80% of all refugees—people who have fled conflict or persecution in their countries—are living in nations neighboring their nations of origin. Angelina Jolie, Time, "Angelina Jolie: Climate Change Is Already Displacing Millions of People. It's Our Responsibility to Help Them," 12 Sep. 2019 Without neighboring nerves, the tumor failed to grow. Kelly Servick, Science | AAAS, "How the body’s nerves become accomplices in the spread of cancer," 12 Sep. 2019 Probably the biggest selling point, though, are the neighboring property owners, who include Leonardo DiCaprio, Keanu Reeves and Halle Berry. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Chula Vista Mayor Mary Salas stages a fundraiser — but not for politics," 4 Sep. 2019 Most notably, Cambridge and Somerville officials in 2016 tapped neighboring property owners to help close a $75 million budget gap that threatened to halt an extension of the Green Line in those cities. Tim Logan,, "Developers pressed to fund extra T service," 9 July 2019 Benson and developers Windy Ridge C also reached an agreement with neighboring property owners, John and Jason Sfire, who own the Fidelity Group, on several key issues before the village board granted final approval. Phil Rockrohr,, "New retail center receives approval to replace former Giordano’s restaurant in Lake Zurich," 26 June 2019 In previous indictments, authorities also named Carvajal as part of several high-ranking Venezuelan military and law enforcement officials who provided a haven to major drug traffickers from neighboring Colombia. Aritz Parra, The Seattle Times, "Venezuela’s ex-spy chief arrested in Madrid on US warrant," 13 Apr. 2019 Corruption has been a problem in Ecuador, and large companies exert influence in the country, which has to date been spared the large-scale mining projects seen in neighboring Colombia and Peru. José Vieira, National Geographic, "Corruption, gold mining threaten a new see-through glass frog," 6 Mar. 2019 The high-resolution cameras can provide detailed images of not just a front doorstep but also neighboring homes across the street and down the block. Drew Harwell, Anchorage Daily News, "Doorbell-camera maker Ring has partnered with 400 police forces, extending surveillance reach," 28 Aug. 2019

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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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