Foster sister
Foster Fos"ter, a. [AS. f[=o]ster, f[=o]stor, nourishment. See {Foster}, v. t.] Relating to nourishment; affording, receiving, or sharing nourishment or nurture; -- applied to father, mother, child, brother, etc., to indicate that the person so called stands in the relation of parent, child, brother, etc., as regards sustenance and nurture, but not by tie of blood. [1913 Webster]

{Foster babe} or {Foster child}, an infant or child nursed or raised by a woman not its mother, or bred by a man not its father.

{Foster brother}, {Foster sister}, one who is, or has been, nursed at the same breast, or brought up by the same nurse as another, but is not of the same parentage.

{Foster dam}, one who takes the place of a mother; a nurse. --Dryden.

{Foster earth}, earth by which a plant is nourished, though not its native soil. --J. Philips.

{Foster father}, a man who takes the place of a father in caring for a child. --Bacon.

{Foster land}. (a) Land allotted for the maintenance of any one. [Obs.] (b) One's adopted country.

{Foster lean} [foster + AS. l[ae]n a loan See {Loan}.], remuneration fixed for the rearing of a foster child; also, the jointure of a wife. [Obs.] --Wharton.

{Foster mother}, a woman who takes a mother's place in the nurture and care of a child; a nurse.

{Foster nurse}, a nurse; a nourisher. [R.] --Shak.

{Foster parent}, a foster mother or foster father.

{Foster son}, a male foster child. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • foster sister — noun your foster sister is a female who is not a daughter of your parents but who is raised by your parents • Syn: ↑foster sister • Hypernyms: ↑female, ↑female person * * * a girl brought up with another child of different parents. [1640 50] * *… …   Useful english dictionary

  • foster-sister — noun your foster sister is a female who is not a daughter of your parents but who is raised by your parents • Syn: ↑foster sister • Hypernyms: ↑female, ↑female person …   Useful english dictionary

  • foster sister — sister who was raised in a family but not related by birth …   English contemporary dictionary

  • foster sister — a girl brought up with another child of different parents. [1640 50] * * * …   Universalium

  • foster-sister — /ˈfɒstə sɪstə/ (say fostuh sistuh) noun a girl brought up with another child of different parents …   Australian English dictionary

  • Foster — Fos ter, a. [AS. f[=o]ster, f[=o]stor, nourishment. See {Foster}, v. t.] Relating to nourishment; affording, receiving, or sharing nourishment or nurture; applied to father, mother, child, brother, etc., to indicate that the person so called… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Foster babe — Foster Fos ter, a. [AS. f[=o]ster, f[=o]stor, nourishment. See {Foster}, v. t.] Relating to nourishment; affording, receiving, or sharing nourishment or nurture; applied to father, mother, child, brother, etc., to indicate that the person so… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Foster brother — Foster Fos ter, a. [AS. f[=o]ster, f[=o]stor, nourishment. See {Foster}, v. t.] Relating to nourishment; affording, receiving, or sharing nourishment or nurture; applied to father, mother, child, brother, etc., to indicate that the person so… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Foster child — Foster Fos ter, a. [AS. f[=o]ster, f[=o]stor, nourishment. See {Foster}, v. t.] Relating to nourishment; affording, receiving, or sharing nourishment or nurture; applied to father, mother, child, brother, etc., to indicate that the person so… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Foster dam — Foster Fos ter, a. [AS. f[=o]ster, f[=o]stor, nourishment. See {Foster}, v. t.] Relating to nourishment; affording, receiving, or sharing nourishment or nurture; applied to father, mother, child, brother, etc., to indicate that the person so… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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