noun Etymology: Middle English suster, sister, partly from Old English sweostor and partly from Old Norse systir sister; akin to Latin soror sister, Sanskrit svasṛ Date: before 12th century 1. a female who has one or both parents in common with another 2. often capitalized a. a member of a women's religious order (as of nuns or deaconesses); especially one of a Roman Catholic congregation under simple vows b. a girl or woman who is a member of a Christian church 3. a. a girl or woman regarded as a comrade b. a girl or woman who shares with another a common national or racial origin; especially a black girl or woman 4. one that is closely similar to or associated with another <
sister schools
sister cities
5. chiefly British nurse 6. a. girl, woman b. person — usually used in the phrase weak sister 7. a member of a sorority

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