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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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  • But his half-sister Mrs. Maurice remembered going to visit him at the Albany, and her surprise at not seeing his books.

    Story of My Life, volumes 1-3 Augustus J. C. Hare
  • In the Old Testament Abraham married his half-sister by the same father.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • Jacintha learnt from Paul that this lady was in reality the half-sister of Barbara, and that both held the rank of princess.

    The Shadow of the Czar John R. Carling
  • Nanna looked at her half-sister questioningly, but did not offer to speak.

    The Doomsman Van Tassel Sutphen
  • My half-sister at Sidney was sent for, came to Catskill, and became bail for me.

  • You hate her, even though she is your half-sister, but I find her enchanting.

    Clair de Lune Michael Strange
  • Ibsen's reasons for making Lona Hessel a half-sister instead of a full sister of Mrs. Bernick are evident enough.

    Play-Making William Archer
  • There was my half-sister Rachel, now, eight years younger'n me.

    The Bacillus of Beauty Harriet Stark
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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