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 This striking juxtaposition led Youn to investigate why Betty’s farming outcomes were so markedly better than those of her neighbor. Kim Starkey, Forbes, "Managing Through Complexity With Team Of Teams: How One Acre Fund Exemplifies The Future Of Work," 6 May 2021 The spacecraft also snapped an amazing image that shows an unexpected side of our planetary neighbor. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Parker Solar Probe detects a radio signal from Venus' atmosphere," 4 May 2021 Following in the footsteps of our neighbor to the south would mean rejecting the status quo and upsetting powerful constituencies that rely upon it. Andrew Mcneill, National Review, "Kentucky’s Bad Blue-State Habits," 3 May 2021 Dear Readers: Marian H. sent a picture of her neighbor Lexi having a moment with Marian’s dog Winni; looks cute and cozy! Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: Bathroom time," 1 May 2021 As for more local talents, the pair sell the work of the ceramists Eric Bonnin, John Sheppard and Lindsey Schneider, as well as that of another neighbor, Dana Brandwein of DBO Home. New York Times, "Looking for a Weekend Excursion? Try Craft Shop Hopping," 30 Apr. 2021 An arriving officer could hear a small dog barking inside of the neighbor’s home. John Benson, cleveland, "Confused, drunk and still proudly a LeBron James fan, Middleburg Heights man wakes family trying to break into their home: Broadview Heights Police Blotter," 28 Apr. 2021 Nothing was left of his neighbor’s house but the slab. Lee Roop |, al, "Alabama forecaster Gary Dobbs got the ride of his life from an F-5 tornado on April 27, 2011," 27 Apr. 2021 In a few years, humans plan to have an even better close-up view of their orbiting neighbor. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "How to see the first supermoon of 2021," 26 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Department of Homeland Security statistics show that the vast majority of children who've come alone to the United States from Central America -- and other regions that don't neighbor the United States -- are still here. Catherine E. Shoichet, CNN, "Why so many kids cross the border alone," 17 Mar. 2021 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

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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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8 May 2021

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“Neighbor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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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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