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

But some of the kids also befriend Hatidze, who, despite the noise and chaos, responds to her new neighbors with a warmth and an openness that feel entirely unfeigned. Justin Chang, Twin Cities, "In the documentary ‘Honeyland,’ tradition hangs in the balance," 9 Aug. 2019 That applies to individual countries too—a geoengineering project in one nation could end up becoming a menace to the neighbors. Matt Simon, WIRED, "Sorry, But We Can’t Just Hack Our Way Out of Climate Doom," 9 Aug. 2019 News of the incident still came as a shock to neighbors. Andy Nguyen, Glendale News-Press, "Shooter at large after man gunned down in Glendale," 6 Aug. 2019 The lucky person who ends up renting the unfurnished cottage—and snags the opportunity to call the Duke and Duchess neighbors—will also enjoy a spacious garden plus off-road parking. Monique Valeris, Town & Country, "A Cottage Near Prince William and Kate Middleton's Norfolk House Is Available to Rent," 5 Aug. 2019 But the Harmonists still ran into problems with their neighbors. Diana Budds, Curbed, "This small Indiana town is a hotbed of utopianism," 5 Aug. 2019 Hours after the shooting, a neighbor of Sherra Wright noticed a perplexing event in Wright’s backyard. Michael Mccann,, "Revisiting Details of the Lorenzen Wright Case and Questions That Remain," 29 July 2019 But some of the kids also befriend Hatidze, who, despite the noise and chaos, responds to her new neighbors with a warmth and an openness that feel entirely unfeigned. Los Angeles Times, "Review: ‘Honeyland’ is a heartbreaking documentary about a vanishing way of life," 25 July 2019 Then, about 10 billion years ago, that growing galaxy ran into a smaller neighbor. Nadia Drake, National Geographic, "Found: Oldest known stars in our galaxy," 22 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Prawit said Wednesday that Thai authorities are in contact with a neighboring country where the bombing plan is believed to have been plotted and some bombers had fled to. Washington Post, "Thai court approves continued detention of 2 bomb suspects," 15 Aug. 2019 Snipes will play a new character named General Izzi, who rules a neighboring country to Zamunda, homeland of Murphy’s Prince Akeem. Tyler Aquilina,, "Wesley Snipes, Leslie Jones, more cast in Coming to America sequel, James Earl Jones returning," 7 Aug. 2019 The event celebrates the diverse indigenous communities of our neighboring southern country through performances of music and dance, as well as displays of clothing and other handicraft. Adam Lukach,, "Things to do in Chicago this weekend: Pitchfork Festival, ComplexCon, Taste of Korea, Silver Room Block Party," 18 July 2019 But two weeks ago, police in the neighboring country of Eswatini, formerly called Swaziland, carried out a routine stop and search of a man who was found rummaging through trash outside a supermarket. Fox News, "South African woman reunited with son six years after he disappeared and was tracked down 1,000 miles away," 3 July 2019 The trip will mark Kate and William’s first visit to Pakistan, though the royals visited the neighboring country of India in 2016. Helen Murphy,, "Prince William and Kate Middleton Will Visit Pakistan This Fall," 29 June 2019 Piran, Slovenia Skip the crowds in Italy and Croatia and head to the lush, neighboring country of Slovenia instead. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Places to Visit in July," 29 May 2019 In Syria, aid is delivered either cross-border, with the consent of the neighboring country, or through the UN and other humanitarian groups based in Damascus. Alessandria Masi, CNN, "Thousands are trapped in a desert settlement in Syria, near a US military base," 1 Aug. 2019 Forensic experts from neighboring cities in Para arrived to help deal with the flood of corpses. Washington Post, "Relatives collapse identifying beheaded inmates in Brazil," 30 July 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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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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