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 A few hours later, another neighbor devised a hashtag: #DontRentDC. Aarian Marshall, Wired, "The Local Politics of Airbnb’s Ban on DC Rentals," 14 Jan. 2021 But Weston's also concerned that many times people in a lower income area turn to one neighbor who buys tax software and then does a long list of returns. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "New rule helps those who lost jobs in 2020 qualify for key tax credits," 13 Jan. 2021 Prior to arriving, dispatch told the officer the suspect was now across the street banging on another neighbor’s door. John Benson, cleveland, "Using find device app, Seven Hills woman bangs on wrong doors seeking stolen phone: Seven Hills Police Blotter," 13 Jan. 2021 Khan has insisted Pakistan's neighbor India was behind the violence in Baluchistan. Abdul Sattar, Star Tribune, "Pakistani Shiites end protests, hold funeral for 11 miners," 9 Jan. 2021 The wonderfully outrageous tale of Pippi, Tommy, and Annika’s new neighbor. Globe Staff,, "The Fast Forward 2020 Winter Bookies reading list," 4 Jan. 2021 Each friend will work with only one neighbor in a year-long commitment, with the two meeting four to six hours a month. Gary Warth, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Rescue Mission launches homeless outreach with personal touch," 28 Dec. 2020 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 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 24 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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