sister

noun
sis·​ter | \ ˈsi-stər \

Definition of sister

1 : a female who has one or both parents in common with another

2 often capitalized

a : a member of a women's religious order (as of nuns or deaconesses) especially : one of a Roman Catholic congregation under simple vows
b : a girl or woman who is a member of a Christian church
3a : a girl or woman regarded as a comrade
b : a girl or woman who shares with another a common national or racial origin especially : a black girl or woman
4 : one that is closely similar to or associated with another sister cities
5 chiefly British : nurse
6a : girl, woman
b : person usually used in the phrase weak sister
7 : a member of a sorority

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Examples of sister in a Sentence

The sisters live in the convent.

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My brother right below me speaks Spanish and my sister kind of does. Candice Frederick, Harper's BAZAAR, "Justina Machado Is One of the Most Dynamic Actresses on TV," 8 Feb. 2019 King Maha Vajiralongkorn’s late-night intervention likely ends his 67-year-old sister Princess Ubolratana’s political ambitions. James Hookway, WSJ, "Thai King Bars Princess From Running in Election," 8 Feb. 2019 For instance, Ruth uses chess pieces scattered about the house to anchor her in reality, a detail inspired by Shaw and his sister going through their mother's belongings and recognizing the talisman-like nature of a loved one's personal effects. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "TV Technica 2018: Our favorite shows and binges," 24 Dec. 2018 In their rural hamlet of Thái Bình, southeast of Hanoi, Thảo and her sister learned to sew their own clothes, and to appreciate the intrinsic value of the materials and their craft. Peter Jon Lindberg, Condé Nast Traveler, "Hanoi, Time and Again," 20 Nov. 2018 Kim Kardashian West and her sisters, for example, have been called out time and again for allegedly altering their faces and bodies, but Kardashian West's latest apparent edit is drawing an even higher level of criticism than usual. Andrea Park, Allure, "People Think Kim Kardashian West Photoshopped Baby Chicago’s Hair and Face," 9 Oct. 2018 Kirke's sister Lola is also an actress and appeared in Gone Girl. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Who Is Domino Kirke, Penn Badgley's Wife and the Cofounder of a Pregnancy Care Center?," 22 Jan. 2019 Now, her sister Kylie Jenner is following in her footsteps by seeing green, too. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "First Kendall, Now Kylie: The Jenners’s Obsession With Neon Green Continues," 18 Jan. 2019 For instance, during Khloé Kardashian's delivery, her sister Kim was there to hold her legs. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Travis Scott Says Watching Kylie Jenner Give Birth Was 'Really Scary'," 13 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of sister

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sister

Middle English suster, sister, partly from Old English sweostor and partly from Old Norse systir sister; akin to Latin soror sister, Sanskrit svasṛ

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sister

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sister

: a girl or woman who has one or both of the same parents as you
informal used when talking to a woman
: a member of a religious community of women

sister

noun
sis·​ter | \ ˈsi-stər \

Kids Definition of sister

1 : a female person or animal related to another person or animal by having one or both parents in common
2 : a member of a religious society of women : nun
3 : a woman related to another by a common tie or interest

Other Words from sister

sisterly adjective

sister

noun
sis·​ter | \ ˈsis-tər \

Medical Definition of sister

chiefly British
: a head nurse in a hospital ward or clinic broadly : nurse

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