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 sharing a single parent, as distinguished from a full brother or brother-german, from a step-brother, or from a brother-like figure such as a blood brother.

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