From Old High German swester, from Proto-Germanic *swestēr, from Proto-Indo-European *swésōr. The native form, at least in western dialects, is Söster with swe- → sü- (compare Dutch zuster). The modern form is based on German Schwester.
- Meng Schwester es net ens e Johr aaler wie ich.
- My sister is less than a year older than me.
- Schw. (abbreviation)
Schwester f (genitive Schwester, plural Schwestern)
- Meine Schwester kommt morgen.
- My sister is coming tomorrow.
- (chiefly colloquial, short for Krankenschwester) nurse; by extension used to refer to any medical staff that is not a doctor (usually, but not necessarily, confined to female staff)
- nurse; used as a title of address for nurses
- (Christianity) sister; nun; used particularly, but not only, as a title of address
- Schwester in Duden online