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

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 The woman fled when Honn fell asleep and called police with a neighbor’s phone., "A death investigation is underway in Lowell, where a man in his 50s died during a violent home invasion Monday afternoon in which a woman was also attacked and held against her will, officials said.," 17 Sep. 2019 DeJesus fired at a neighbor, police said, hitting him in the stomach. Christine Dempsey,, "Man under arrest after he shot neighbor in Hartford Sunday, police say," 16 Sep. 2019 His wife fled their Oceanside home to seek refuge at a neighbor’s house, the command’s investigation says. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Marines release new details in domestic violence case against fired Camp Pendleton battalion commander," 16 Sep. 2019 Texanne McBride-Teahan may lose possession of the animals after a neighbor in Creve Coeur, a suburb of St. Louis, spotted one monkey outside roughly a month after McBride-Teahan moved in, according to CNN affiliate KMOV. Fernando Alfonso Iii, CNN, "Missouri woman in legal battle to keep three emotional support monkeys," 15 Sep. 2019 There’s an aimless subplot involving a neighbor in Arthur’s apartment building, played by Zazie Beetz, in an underdeveloped role. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Joker Wants to Be a Movie About the Emptiness of Our Culture. Instead, It’s a Prime Example of It," 31 Aug. 2019 Imagine a neighbor idling a Harley—tolerable in a rural environment but unacceptable in a tight city lot. David Agrell, Popular Mechanics, "Should You Buy a Standby Generator?," 25 Aug. 2019 Murder and other felony charges were filed today against a 20-year-old probationer who allegedly fired a gunshot toward his brother, missing him but inadvertently killing a next-door neighbor asleep in his bed. Pomerado News, "Poway man charged for murdering his neighbor asleep next door," 21 Aug. 2019 Julie Lay says the sludge from a poultry processing plant created an overpowering stench when it was applied to a neighbor’s farm fields. USA TODAY, "Fugitive pig, proverb library, sodium warnings: News from around our 50 states," 16 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Myanmar security forces are accused of killings, gang rape and arson during a crackdown that drove more than 730,000 people to flee western Rakhine state for neighboring Bangladesh after attacks on police posts by Rohingya insurgents in August 2017. NBC News, "Rohingya still in Myanmar face 'threat of genocide': United Nations," 16 Sep. 2019 Critics have decried the citizenship list as a naked attempt to deport millions of minority Muslims, many of whom have entered India from neighboring Bangladesh. Washington Post, "India’s contentious citizen register attacked from all sides," 3 Sep. 2019 After much of the state’s Muslim population was forced to flee to neighboring Bangladesh, Myanmar officials vowed to reinvigorate Rakhine through investment. Hannah Beech, New York Times, "The Government Cut Their Internet. Will Abuses Now Remain Hidden?," 2 July 2019 However, ties between Myanmar and the U.S. have grown strained amid concerns over the country’s military campaign against the Rohingya minority, which left approximately 10,000 dead and forced more than 700,000 to flee to neighboring Bangladesh. Jon Emont, WSJ, "U.S. Goes on the Offensive Against China’s Empire-Building Megaplan," 9 Apr. 2019 The shallow quake damaged more than 1,400 houses and was felt on neighboring Bali island, where no damage or casualties were reported. Rosyidin Sembahulun, The Seattle Times, "Hundreds stranded on Indonesian mountain after earthquake," 30 July 2018 Windows were nailed shut at some group home locations, leading a 17-year-old victim to break a window, escape, and run to a neighboring property to call police, authorities say. Washington Post, "Ministry had growing empire before forced-labor charges," 11 Sep. 2019 Royal brought in 40 contractors from Nassau and hired about another 50 people from the neighboring island to assist with the clean up, in addition to its 300 employees, many of whom are local Bahamians. Chabeli Herrera,, "After Hurricane Dorian, the Bahamas prepares for another hit — to its crucial tourism industry," 8 Sep. 2019 Since 2017, neighboring Bangladesh has provided safety for the vast majority of refugees. The Christian Science Monitor, "Africa rises for immigrant rights," 6 Sep. 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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25 Oct 2019

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

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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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