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Wiktionary

Up to date as of January 15, 2010

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English

Most common English words: usual « entirely « system « #726: sister » occasion » enemy » perfect

Etymology

Middle English suster from Old Norse systir and Old English sweoster, both from Proto-Germanic *swistr-, from Proto-Indo-European *swésōr.

Germanic cognates: Old Frisian swester, Old Saxon swestar (Dutch zuster), Old High German swester (German Schwester), Gothic 𐍃𐍅𐌹𐍃𐍄𐌰𐍂.

Indo-European cognates: Latin soror, Old Irish siur (Welsh chwaer), Old Church Slavonic сестра (Russian сестра), Lithuanian sesuõ.

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
sister

Plural
sisters or (archaic) sistren

sister (plural sisters or (archaic) sistren)

  1. a daughter of the same parents as another person; a female sibling.
    My little sister is an annoying pest.
  2. a female member of a religious community; a nun.
  3. (British) a senior or supervisory nurse, often in a hospital.
  4. any woman or girl with whom a bond is felt through common membership of a race, profession, religion or organization, such as feminism.
    Connie was very close to her friend Judy and considered her to be her sister.
  5. (slang) a black woman
  6. (informal) a form of address to a woman
    • What’s up, sister?
  7. (attributively) Of or relating to an entity that has a special or affectionate relationship with another
    sister publication
    sister city

Synonyms

  • (woman or girl with the same parents): (slang) sis
  • (member of religious community): nun
  • (supervisory nurse): charge nurse (the male equivalent)
  • (informal: form of address to a woman): darling, dear, (US) lady, love, miss, (northern UK) pet

Antonyms

Hypernyms

  • (daughter of common parents): sibling

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Translations

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Verb

Infinitive
to sister

Third person singular
sisters

Simple past
sistered

Past participle
sistered

Present participle
sistering

to sister (third-person singular simple present sisters, present participle sistering, simple past and past participle sistered)

  1. (transitive, construction) To strengthen (a supporting beam) by fastening a second beam alongside it.
    I’m trying to correct my sagging floor by sistering the joists.

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