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half sister

sister (def 2).
Origin of half sister
Middle English word dating back to 1150-1200 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • There was my half-sister Rachel, now, eight years younger'n me.

    The Bacillus of Beauty Harriet Stark
  • This explains the marriage of Abraham with Sara, his half-sister by the same father.

    The Truth About Woman C. Gasquoine Hartley
  • She is Miss Hephzibah Cahoon, your—your mother's half-sister.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug Joseph C. Lincoln
  • She is Paul Lowther's half-sister, and therefore his marriage with her must be annulled.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine
  • "Your sister, or rather your half-sister," Rayburn began falteringly, and then stopped.

    The Missionary George Griffith
  • Kaahumanu died June 5th, 1832, and was succeeded by Kinau, half-sister of the king.

    The Hawaiian Islands The Department of Foreign Affairs
  • I learned from Major Calvert that his half-sister's—your mother's—name was Loring.

    Garrison's Finish W. B. M. Ferguson
  • It came from the wife of the Sheriff, who was a half-sister of the Turners.

    Gilian The Dreamer Neil Munro
British Dictionary definitions for half-sister


the daughter of either of one's parents by another partner
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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