• WordNet 3.6
    • n sister (slang) sometimes used as a term of address for attractive young women
    • n sister a female person who is a fellow member of a sorority or labor union or other group "none of her sisters would betray her"
    • n Sister (Roman Catholic Church) a title given to a nun (and used as a form of address) "the Sisters taught her to love God"
    • n sister a female person who has the same parents as another person "my sister married a musician"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Step Sisters and Cinderella Step Sisters and Cinderella
Sister's Kiss Sister's Kiss
Brother and Sister Brother and Sister
The sisters struggle to get out of the pit The sisters struggle to get out of the pit
The youth tries to catch the hen as the Sister of the Sun watches The youth tries to catch the hen as the Sister of the Sun watches
The king, the youth and the Sister of the Sun The king, the youth and the Sister of the Sun
The Step-Sister Cuts off her Toe The Step-Sister Cuts off her Toe
With Sister With Sister

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Olympic was the sister ship of the Titanic, and she provided twenty-five years of service
    • Sister A female who has the same parents with another person, or who has one of them only. In the latter case, she is more definitely called a half sister. The correlative of brother. "I am the sister of one Claudio."
    • Sister A woman who is closely allied to, or assocciated with, another person, as in the sdame faith, society, order, or community.
    • Sister One of the same kind, or of the same condition; -- generally used adjectively; as, sister fruits.
    • v. t Sister To be sister to; to resemble closely.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: American actor Jack Nicholson, and American singer Bobby Darrin were raised believing their grandmothers were their mothers and their mothers were their older sisters
    • n sister A female person in her relation to other children born of the same parents; a female relative in the first degree of descent or mutual kinship; also, a female who has attained a corresponding relation to a family by marriage or adoption: correlative to brother; often used as a term of endearment.
    • n sister Metaphorically, a woman of one's own faith, church, or other religious community.
    • n sister In the Roman Catholic and some other churches, a member of a religious community or order of women; a woman who devotes herself to religious work as a vocation: as, sisters of mercy. See sisterhood, 2.
    • n sister That which is allied by resemblance or corresponds in some way to another or others, and is viewed as of feminine rather than masculine character.
    • sister Standing in the relation of a sister, whether by birth, marriage, adoption, association, or resemblance; akin in any manner; related.
    • sister To be a sister or as a sister to; resemble closely.
    • sister To address or treat as a sister.
    • sister To be a sister or as a sister; be allied or contiguous.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The characters of Homer, Marge, Lisa, and Maggie were given the same first names as Simpsons creator Matt Groening's real-life father, mother, and two sisters.
    • n Sister sis′tėr a female born of the same parents: a female closely allied to or associated with another
    • adj Sister closely related, akin
    • v.t., v.i Sister to resemble closely: to be a sister to: to be allied
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    “Little girl's definition of conscience: Something that makes you tell your mother before your brother or sister does.”
  • Charles M. Schulz
    “Big sisters are the crab grass in the lawn of life.”
  • Angela Carter
    “Just because we're sisters under the skin doesn't mean we've got much in common.”
  • Robert Alan
    Robert Alan
    “The good deed you do today For a brother or sister in need Will come back to you some day For humanity's a circle in deed.”
  • Ross Presser
    Ross Presser
    “Life's a bitch, and life's got lots of sisters.”
  • Cole Porter
    Cole Porter
    “He may have hair upon his chest but, sister, so has Lassie.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. sister, fr. Icel. systir; also suster, from AS. sweostor, sweoster, swuster, akin to OFries. sweester, suster, LG. süster, suster, D. zuster, OS. & OHG. swestar, G. schwester, Icel. systir, Sw. syster, Dan. söster, Goth. swistar, Lith. ses, Russ. sestra, Pol. siostra, L. soror, Skr. svasr,. √298. Cf. Cousin


In literature:

They were not own sisters but sisters-in-law and each had a comfortable income.
"A Little Girl in Old New York" by Amanda Millie Douglas
You'd hardly think she and Margaret were sisters.
"A Little Girl of Long Ago" by Amanda Millie Douglas
He wished his sister-in-law would be more correct in speech and behaviour.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
He had made no impression upon her, except through her sister, and for her sister.
"Deerbrook" by Harriet Martineau
Hilda bent forward and kissed her little sister on her forehead.
"A Young Mutineer" by Mrs. L. T. Meade
How many sisters do you have?
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves, Arkansas Narratives, Part 4" by Work Projects Administration
He felt that Eleanore had been transformed into the sister of Agnes, that she was still only a sister.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
I liked her sisters also; but Betty was superior to her sisters.
"Betty Vivian" by L. T. Meade
Her mother had been Sir Thomas's sister, and had been at this time dead about three years.
"Ralph the Heir" by Anthony Trollope
His mention of his sister revealed the deepest depth of his anguish.
"A Virginia Scout" by Hugh Pendexter

In poetry:

"An earlye vengeaunce light on her!"
The carlish baron swore:
"Shee was my sister tolde thee this,
And shee's a mishapen whore.
"The Marriage of Sir Gawaine" by Anonymous British
"Who are my friends?" Oh, hear him say,
Stretching his hand abroad,
"My mother, sisters, brothers, are they
That do the will of God!"
"The Mother Mary" by George MacDonald
Two sisters stood by the window,
The winds were in their hair;
And cheek to cheek they watched and saw,
The smooth sea sleeping there.
"The Sisters" by Alexander Anderson
Sweetheart, you know what true love is,
You know we have loved each other,
You know that we have sometimes felt
As near as sister and brother.
"Love's Labor Lost" by Frank Barbour Coffin
Hail, glorious change, to Nature dear!
Methinks I see the bridal throng;
And hark, where lonely sisters prayed,
How sweetly swells the social song!
"Julia, or the Convent of St. Claire" by Amelia Opie
'Grant me my lyfe, my liege, my king,
And a great gift I'll gie to thee;
Bauld four-and-twenty sisters sons,
Sall for the fecht, tho all sould flee.'
"Johnny Armstrong (original)" by Anonymous British

In news:

The Sisters of XI Beta Epsilon Sorority hosted their Sister READ.
'Your Sister's Sister' is hugely entertaining.
After my father died several years ago, I learned that he and mom had changed their will to include not only my sister and me but also my sister's daughter.
From left, Mark Duplass, Emily Blunt and Rosemarie DeWitt in Lynn Shelton's "Your Sister's Sister.".
Sister Attracta Kelly was living and working in the Dominican Sisters mother-house in the late 1980s when she got a call from a nonprofit organization in Detroit that serves political refugees.
'My Sister's Keeper' movie review: Cameron Diaz leads a sorrowful sister act.
The double-shooting of Australian twin sisters that left one of the women dead was a suicide pact , investigators said Thursday after interviewing the surviving sister.
Photograph by David Allen Looking for Balance: Sister James (Kristin Stokes, left) is caught in a conflict between Father Flynn (Cassidy Brown) and Sister Aloysisu (Kimberly King) in 'Doubt.
'Sister, Sister' star Tamera Mowry-Housley welcomes a son .
'Your Sister's Sister' is all too familiar.
Cora Lee Pleasant, left, talks with her sister, Mary E Bingham, as sister Gracie Ann Mason looks on.
It was a splendid pre-fall day when my sister Jeannie and I journeyed to Ravenswood to meet our other two sisters who live in Jackson County.
Nicole Lamb, sister Faith, 12, Jayden, Paisley, sister Jilliyn, 11, and Tom Lamb.
'Sister, Sister' star Tamera Mowry-Housley welcomes a son.
Sisters Teresa Okonski, Natalie Rossi and Patricia Whalen -- are part of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas.

In science:

If M has negative monodromy, we define λ(M ) as the modulus of the cusp of the sister of M .
Generalized Markoff Maps and McShane's Identity
First of all, instead of using the generationwise filtration (Fn ), we will use the sister pair-wise filtration (Gn ) given by Gn = σ(X1 , (X2k , X2k+1 ), 1 ≤ k ≤ n).
Asymptotic results for bifurcating random coefficient autoregressive processes
In this paper we present the results from the EM follow-up program involving only Swift — results from the sister program involving the follow-up of GW candidates by ground-based optical and radio telescopes will be the sub ject of a forthcoming publication.
This is another characteristic of the 6 dimensional strings which differentiates them from their 10 dimensional sisters.
Little Theories in Six and Seven Dimensions
Herschel mentioned her sister’s discovery of the second small companion of M 31, NGC 205.
From Messier to Abell: 200 years of science with galaxy clusters