Synonyms for sister

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"They needn't eat their lunch that way," declared his sister.

"But his sitting there eating in that—that shirt—" said his sister.

It's the Viluca—Mr. Bines, you know; he's bringing his sister back to me.

On his death-bed he charged his nephew to protect and cherish me as a sister.

You wouldn't turn out your sister's son, would you, Uncle Paul?

"I'll walk a bit with you," said his sister, donning her jacket and a cap.

I like him all the better for his misfortune, and so I am sure will my sister.

Then I came for her; I saved her sister; then I saw the name on the card and would not give my own.

You are going to question me, I suppose, why your sister is not thought of for Mr. Solmes?

Does not his own sister live unhappily, for want of a little of his superfluities?

WORD ORIGIN

mid-13c., from Old English sweostor, swuster "sister," or a Scandinavian cognate (Old Norse systir, Swedish syster, Danish søster), in either case from Proto-Germanic *swestr- (cf. Old Saxon swestar, Old Frisian swester, Middle Dutch suster, Dutch zuster, Old High German swester, German Schwester, Gothic swistar).

These are from PIE *swesor, one of the most persistent and unchanging PIE root words, recognizable in almost every modern Indo-European language (e.g. Sanskrit svasar-, Avestan shanhar-, Latin soror, Old Church Slavonic, Russian sestra, Lithuanian sesuo, Old Irish siur, Welsh chwaer, Greek eor). French soeur "a sister" (11c., instead of *sereur) is directly from Latin soror, a rare case of a borrowing from the nominative case.

According to Klein's sources, probably from PIE roots *swe- "one's own" + *ser- "woman." For vowel evolution, see bury. Used of nuns in Old English; of a woman in general from 1906; of a black woman from 1926; and in the sense of "fellow feminist" from 1912. Meaning "female fellow-Christian" is from mid-15c. Sister act "variety act by two or more sisters" is from vaudeville (1908).

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nounwoman
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