half sister

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English half-süster, equivalent to half- +‎ sister. Compare Dutch halfzus, halfzuster (half-sister), German Halbschwester (half-sister), Swedish halvsyster (half-sister), Icelandic hálf-systir (half-sister).

Noun[edit]

half sister (plural half sisters)

  1. The daughter of one's mother who has a different father, maternal half sister, uterine sister
  2. The daughter of one's father who has a different mother, paternal half sister.

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