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

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
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Two other men—McMichael's father, Greg McMichael, and neighbor, William Bryan—who are both white, are also set to be sentenced Monday for their involvement in the killing. Madeline Halpert, Forbes, 8 Aug. 2022 Core winced and looked across the couch at Barbara Massey, Kat’s sister and next-door neighbor. Eli Saslow, Washington Post, 7 Aug. 2022 The owner of the home and his daughter's best friend were still in the home when neighbor Fernando Rivera spotted the fire on his way home from work and rushed to help. Landon Mion, Fox News, 6 Aug. 2022 The car had slowly driven past several times, and then parked in front of a neighbor’s house. cleveland, 4 Aug. 2022 During their journey north while staying overnight with the aunt's friend in Las Vegas, their host's next door neighbor and fellow member of the same Mormon church happened to be the brother of Michelle DeMille. Diane Herbst, Peoplemag, 4 Aug. 2022 The winner was a 4-year-old child whose next-door neighbor was an elderly gentleman who had recently lost his wife. The Arizona Republic, 2 Aug. 2022 Both were as down to earth and easy to talk to as talking to your longtime next door neighbor. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 2 Aug. 2022 From secretive lakeside cabins and far away islands to a next door neighbor and seemingly trustworthy friends, there's a reason why the genre has been beloved by fans for centuries. Chaise Sanders, Country Living, 2 Aug. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb And because Italian and Chinese immigrants in America have historically congregated in ethnic enclaves and sought to rent from the same landlords, a city’s Little Italy and Chinatown often neighbor each other. Jess Eng, Washington Post, 27 July 2022 The 500 people who neighbor the company’s computer center got something else: an inescapable drone that is driving many of them crazy. Vipal Monga, WSJ, 12 Nov. 2021 Resident Lisa-Diane Smith, of University Parkway, whose home would neighbor the synagogue lot, was the lone person to question the project. cleveland, 8 June 2021 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 29 Apr. 2020 See More

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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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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

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neighboring adjective

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