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half brother

brother (def 2).
Origin of half brother
1300-50; Middle English Unabridged
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  • My half-brother came back from college, an altered youth, as uninteresting in his transition as the season I have just described.

  • Her father, Olivo's half-brother, had been a physician in Bologna.

    Casanova's Homecoming Arthur Schnitzler
  • His voice fell, despondently; but his hand grasped his half-brother's hand.

  • Here was a man who was the half-brother of Greta, and the living image of her husband.

    A Son of Hagar Sir Hall Caine
  • "I am not practically, or in any other way, Peter's half-brother," said Urquhart casually.

    The Lee Shore Rose Macaulay
British Dictionary definitions for half-brother


the son of either of one's parents by another partner
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