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

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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 Mission Rock streets will differ from the project’s neighbor in another way. John King,, "Giants’ Mission Rock megaproject starting to take shape across from Oracle Park," 1 Jan. 2021 These food-court warriors include LaRusso’s earnest daughter, Samantha (Mary Mouser); Johnny’s delinquent son, Robby (Tanner Buchanan); and Johnny’s neighbor, high schooler Miguel Diaz (Xolo Mariduena). Los Angeles Times, "Review: Poignant and funny, ‘Cobra Kai’ vividly captures a man stuck in the Valley of the ’80s," 1 Jan. 2021 Then, unexpectedly, that second neighbor died and had not planned for her two groups of cats. Cathy M. Rosenthal,, "Animals Matter: Feral cats do mourn when their friends die," 31 Dec. 2020 The man’s neighbor called 911 after seeing the man lying on the ground. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, "Man snow blowing driveway collapses; woman attacked by sister in apartment: Berea police blotter," 31 Dec. 2020 Maggie — the family’s 3-year-old Labrador mix and source of the business’ name — is the head tester, along with her friend and neighbor Sophie. Brandi Addison, Dallas News, "Frisco 8-year-old starts her own ‘barkery’ selling homemade dog treats," 29 Dec. 2020 If Jefferson needed a Jesus who could fit the imperatives of republicanism and westward expansion, Teddy Roosevelt—later to become Jefferson’s neighbor on Mt. Rushmore—needed to christen a budding empire. Vinson Cunningham, The New Yorker, "What Thomas Jefferson Could Never Understand About Jesus," 28 Dec. 2020 The neighbor comes over directly and sees absolutely no blood. Erin Moriarty, CBS News, ""Lizzie Borden took an axe" — or did she? What would a jury say today?," 26 Dec. 2020 Authorities say additional charges will be filed because an investigation showed that Frantz also fired at the neighbor’s house before law enforcement arrived Friday morning. Anchorage Daily News, "Palmer man shot after opening fire on officers, troopers say," 26 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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, "Silicon Valley's hunger problems grow during a time of record profits," 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, "100,000 evacuated from Mumbai as cyclone lashes India's business capital," 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, "Indian metropolis of Mumbai braces for rare cyclone," 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, "Myanmar's Military May Be Committing War Crimes While the World Is Distracted by Coronavirus, Says U.N. Rights Expert," 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, "A disaster in Syria as Russia and Turkey clash," 19 Feb. 2020 More than 3,000 people from largely Latino El Paso and its neighboring border city Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, were at the store when the attack happened. CBS News, "El Paso Walmart, where 22 were killed, reopens with added security on site," 15 Nov. 2019 It was made instead by Racine, a neighboring city on the lakeshore. Anna Clark, Twin Cities, "Anna Clark: Is Foxconn really worth risking a Great Lake?," 3 Sep. 2019 Tempe police followed the vehicle and then alerted Scottsdale police when the pair headed into that neighboring city. Christopher Roth, azcentral, "Suspects in carjacking, Scottsdale crash now face murder charges," 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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“Neighbor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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How to pronounce neighbor (audio)

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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