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

Best recruiters The Detroit Public Schools Community District has the largest number of African American students in the state, but its racial disparity is far smaller than some of its neighbors. John Wisely, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan schools face huge racial disparity — and it's hard to fix," 17 June 2019 Meanwhile, residents of Fishers, Ind., the city with the smallest gap, can expect to die within about 2.5 years of their neighbors across the city. Time, "Your Zip Code Could Affect Your Lifespan. These Maps Show How," 17 June 2019 All of our neighbors were people who, like us, were between homes. Christopher Elliott, USA TODAY, "Everything you need to know about travel with animals (and kids)," 16 June 2019 But this new model has its roots in the same big data and machine learning that’s allowed homeowners to get estimates of their homes’ value online (and snoop on that of their neighbors)., "A slew of big real estate companies might soon be fighting to buy your house," 14 June 2019 The block remains unaccepted, and its upkeep remains firmly on the shoulders of its neighbors. Heather Knight,, "SF property owners maintain streets that city rejects because they don’t meet standards," 14 June 2019 This county’s fairgrounds have slowly taken on the tired and worn look of its neighbors., "From the Editor: Until you experience it, it's hard to comprehend the hidden costs of being poor," 13 June 2019 The 61-year-old man drove home before some of his neighbors convinced him to go to MetroHealth for treatment. Evan Macdonald,, "Cleveland man charged in shooting and brutal mugging that occurred hours apart on West Side," 12 June 2019 This county’s fairgrounds have slowly taken on the tired and worn look of its neighbors. Amber Hunt,, "Tired and worn: Hamilton County Fairgrounds, once a statewide draw, now on life support," 11 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

All clear here, but see that big blot of something over the neighboring state; and there, over the middle of its neighbor, another equally forbidding. Richard Brookhiser, National Review, "Weather Trends," 20 June 2019 The United States turned Honduras into a base for the Contra force fighting leftist rule in neighboring Nicaragua. Stephen Kinzer,, "Who’s responsible for the border crisis? The United States," 20 June 2019 The new areas will have to comply with the existing law that says that enclosures for the animals will have to comply with setback requirements and will need to be a minimum of 25 feet away from neighboring dwellings. San Diego Union-Tribune, "La Mesa to make room for more chickens," 19 June 2019 The rugged, often unnamed peaks that run through northern Pakistan are less explored than the neighboring Himalayas that stretch into northern India and Nepal, where most of the world’s highest mountains are. Salman Masood, New York Times, "Pakistani Military Rescues 6 Mountain Climbers Trapped by Avalanche," 18 June 2019 The United States evacuated hundreds of diplomatic staff from its Baghdad embassy last month, citing unspecified threats from Iran against U.S. interests in neighboring Iraq, where Tehran supports some Shi'ite militias. NBC News, "Rocket hits ExxonMobil, other oil firms in Iraq," 18 June 2019 The 2019 Women's World Cup is going on in France, and two native Frenchmen have brought the fever to neighboring Germany–on the tennis court. Avi Creditor,, "Watch: Soccer Battle Breaks Out at Tennis Match at Halle Open," 18 June 2019 The news comes after neighboring Clinton Township opted out of having medical marijuana facilities June 13. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, "Gibraltar Trade Center to be turned into medical marijuana facility," 18 June 2019 In 2018, the first year Denver hosted Outdoor Retailer shows after winning the industry’s premier tradeshow slate away from neighboring Utah, the Chatfield swim beach was closed for construction. Joe Rubino, The Denver Post, "Giant paddle boards, electric bikes that can haul more than 350 pounds: the Outdoor Retailer Demo Experience had that and more," 17 June 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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