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half brother

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  1. brother(def 2).
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Origin of half brother

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.

British Dictionary definitions for half-brother


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