Origin of sister
Examples from the Web for sister
Contemporary Examples of sister
The unit is used to attack foreign networks, and either it or a sister organization was involved in the Sony hack.U.S. Should Make North Korea Pay for Sony Hack
Gordon G. Chang
December 18, 2014
She and her sister went into business together in 1997, opening Curve Salon after a career in media.
Because especially my sister is not capable of doing the stuff that he is accusing her of doing.Beaten By His Church for Being Gay
December 16, 2014
She told TIME magazine in 1987 that Crawford was the “sister I never had.”Inside the Lifetime Whitney Houston Movie’s Lesbian Lover Storyline
December 16, 2014
And that solution came from a homemade brew Branch and her sister created together.
Historical Examples of sister
"They needn't eat their lunch that way," declared his sister.
It's the Viluca—Mr. Bines, you know; he's bringing his sister back to me.
"But his sitting there eating in that—that shirt—" said his sister.
On his death-bed he charged his nephew to protect and cherish me as a sister.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
You wouldn't turn out your sister's son, would you, Uncle Paul?Brave and Bold
Word Origin for sister
mid-13c., from Old English sweostor, swuster "sister," or a Scandinavian cognate (Old Norse systir, Swedish syster, Danish søster), in either case from Proto-Germanic *swestr- (cf. Old Saxon swestar, Old Frisian swester, Middle Dutch suster, Dutch zuster, Old High German swester, German Schwester, Gothic swistar).
These are from PIE *swesor, one of the most persistent and unchanging PIE root words, recognizable in almost every modern Indo-European language (e.g. Sanskrit svasar-, Avestan shanhar-, Latin soror, Old Church Slavonic, Russian sestra, Lithuanian sesuo, Old Irish siur, Welsh chwaer, Greek eor). French soeur "a sister" (11c., instead of *sereur) is directly from Latin soror, a rare case of a borrowing from the nominative case.
According to Klein's sources, probably from PIE roots *swe- "one's own" + *ser- "woman." For vowel evolution, see bury. Used of nuns in Old English; of a woman in general from 1906; of a black woman from 1926; and in the sense of "fellow feminist" from 1912. Meaning "female fellow-Christian" is from mid-15c. Sister act "variety act by two or more sisters" is from vaudeville (1908).