half brother

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From Middle English half-brother, equivalent to half- +‎ brother. Cognate with Dutch halfbroer (halfbrother), German Halbbruder (halfbrother), Danish halvbroder (halfbrother), Swedish halvbroder, halvbror (halfbrother), Icelandic hálfbróðir (halfbrother).

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half brother (plural half brothers or half brethren)

  1. A male sibling who has a different father, but the same mother. (Also known as maternal half brother)
  2. A male sibling who has a different mother, but the same father. (Also known as paternal half brother)

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