Definition of neighbour in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈneɪbə
(US neighbor)


  • 1A person living next door to or very near to the speaker or person referred to: our garden was the envy of the neighbours
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    • We did speak with one of his next-door neighbours who claims to be a family friend as well who kind of defended the doctors.
    • But I'd sometimes go to the next-door neighbours who had a cow called Buttercup.
    • Most Australians don't know their next-door neighbours or care what becomes of them.
  • 1.1A person or place in relation to others next or near to it: I chatted with my neighbour on the flight to New York matching our investment levels with those of our European neighbours
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    • It had good relations with its neighbors and other countries, and the people were largely contented.
    • Maintaining friendly relations with neighbours and calm within the country are the big tasks ahead.
    • It is good politics for any country to have friendly relations with its neighbours.
  • 1.2Any person in need of one’s help or kindness (after biblical use): love thy neighbour as thyself
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    • And Matthew said most important of all, is love, love thy neighbor as thyself.
    • What Jesus does say repeatedly is to love thy neighbor as thyself.
    • To love thy neighbour as thyself is also a common teaching to many religions.


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  • Louise and Jerry were neighborless, only a barren nondescript storefront occupied the space to their left.
  • He was quite dismayed when I told him, as apparently his group had thought they were neighbourless.
  • Trading urban sprawl for expansive green fields and terraces for neighbourless living surely suggests a burning desire for a change of pace.


Old English nēahgebūr, from nēah 'nigh, near' + gebūr 'inhabitant, peasant, farmer' (compare with boor).

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