Definition of sister in English:

sister

Line breaks: sis¦ter
Pronunciation: /ˈsɪstə
 
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noun

  • 1A woman or girl in relation to other daughters and sons of her parents: I had nine brothers and sisters
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    • There was one room for my nine brothers and sisters and my parents.
    • An extremely quiet and gentle girl she went to Dublin with her sister after their parents passed away.
    • I witnessed the complete joy and ecstasy on family members faces as their son's or daughters, brothers or sisters strode out proudly with the best in the world and took part in sport.
    Synonyms
    female sibling
    informal sis
    British rhyming slang skin and blister
  • 2A female friend or associate, especially a female fellow member of a trade union or other organization: textile unions are showing solidarity with their brothers and sisters in the developing world
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    • Some people around me - family, friends, associates, brothers and sisters in Christ - have died, and I can see that others are heading that way.
    • This is why we are turning to our colleagues, friends, and sisters for assistance.
    • I would like to remind my fellow brothers and sisters that their primary objective should be service delivery and the eradication of poverty.
    Synonyms
    comrade, friend, partner, associate, colleague
  • 2.1A fellow woman seen in relation to feminist issues: uncloseted lesbian sisters
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    • I don't think, with apologies to my feminist sisters, that Martha got different treatment because she's a woman.
    • Eighteenth and nineteenth-century feminists are ‘our sisters, our contemporaries’.
    • However, what is called ‘Gender Archaeology’ is actually feminist archaeology - sisters are doing it for themselves.
  • 2.2 informal , chiefly North American A fellow black woman: ‘Come on, sister, why not come clean and tell us?’
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    • Look, I wanted to write a book about smart, sassy, sexy sisters with issues like everybody else has.
    • Catering was one of the most successful early business ventures for Blacks, and sisters were the first ones to try their hands at it.
    • All my sisters who want a Black revolution don't care
  • 3 (often Sister) A member of a religious order of women: the sisters announced that there would be a special rosary every morning [as name]: Sister Elizabeth, the headmistress of the Convent High School
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    • The move would also have the result, so far scarcely noted, of undermining the teaching orders of priests and religious sisters.
    • It will mark the end of an era for the religious order of sisters, who 31 years ago set up the centre in the parlour of their convent.
    • An order of Zambian religious sisters now manages both the hospital and the training centre.
    Synonyms
    nun, novice, abbess, prioress, Mother Superior, Reverend Mother; bride of Christ, religious, conventual, contemplative; Roman Catholic Church canoness
    literary vestal
    historical anchoress, ancress
    rare vowess
  • 4 (often Sister) British A senior female nurse, typically in charge of a ward: the ward sister needs to be consulted [as name]: Sister nodded, glancing at the reports
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    • The public consultation called for a ‘modern matron figure’ in hospitals, and ward sisters or charge nurses will be given authority to resolve clinical issues.
    • Each ward will have three senior sisters, sisters, staff nurses and healthcare assistants in the team on hand to help and advise patients.
    • We contacted a sister or charge nurse in each department.
  • 5 [as modifier] Denoting an organization or place which bears a relationship to another of common origin or allegiance or mutual association: Securicor and its sister company Securicor Services a sister ship
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    • Already the Zimbabwean and Mozambican sister organizations have been doing well and expanding.
    • Its sister organizations throughout Texas will try to bring the state total to 500,000.
    • The princess is the chair of the sister organization in the United Kingdom.

Derivatives

sisterliness

noun
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  • The film quickly turns to predictable consciousness-raising and sentimental sisterliness.
  • Faithful sisterliness was important to her.
  • The models’ sisterliness is immediately and naturally identifiable for the viewer.

sisterly

adjective
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  • Welcome to Philadelphia, which we like to think of as the city of brotherly love and sisterly affection.
  • Who can prove that sisterly love and affection was the reason why the all-conquering world No. 1 lost the first set to Venus?
  • Still she had always shared that sisterly affection for him, in spite the fact that he resented this display of affection toward him.

Origin

Old English, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch zuster and German Schwester, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin soror.

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