half sister

Origin of half sister

Middle English word dating back to 1150–1200

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How to use half sister in a sentence

  • Her ladyship was a half-sister of their father's, and from the height of her grandeur magnanimously patronizing now and then.

    Theo | Mrs. Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • They were to start the next day, accompanied by Mrs. Suydam's very amenable half-sister.

    The Open Question | Elizabeth Robins
  • Duncan held a faint impression that his half-sister had never been at all partial to this near neighbor of his.

    Hubert's Wife | Minnie Mary Lee
  • This half sister, twelve years younger than herself, had come and gone like some happy dream in Miss Virginia's life.

  • He had a half-sister much younger than himself who once visited here on her way South.

British Dictionary definitions for half-sister


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

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