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half brother

noun
1.
brother (def 2).
Origin of half brother
1300-1350
Middle English word dating back to 1300-50
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  • Her father, Olivo's half-brother, had been a physician in Bologna.

    Casanova's Homecoming Arthur Schnitzler
  • Here was a man who was the half-brother of Greta, and the living image of her husband.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine
  • It would be unfair to little Irma; after all, he is her half-brother.

  • She knew it had been the dream of his life to beat that half-brother of his in fair fight.

    The Great Hunger Johan Bojer
  • His half-brother, Howroyd, gives twice as much, with not a quarter his money.

    Sarah's School Friend

    May Baldwin
British Dictionary definitions for half-brother

half-brother

noun
1.
the son of either of one's parents by another partner
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