What does sister mean?

Definitions for sister
ˈsɪs tərsis·ter

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word sister.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. sister, sisnoun

    a female person who has the same parents as another person

    "my sister married a musician"

  2. Sisternoun

    (Roman Catholic Church) a title given to a nun (and used as a form of address)

    "the Sisters taught her to love God"

  3. sisternoun

    a female person who is a fellow member of a sorority or labor union or other group

    "none of her sisters would betray her"

  4. baby, babe, sisternoun

    (slang) sometimes used as a term of address for attractive young women


  1. sisternoun

    a daughter of the same parents as another person; a female sibling.

    My sister is always driving me crazy.

  2. sisternoun

    a female member of a religious community; a nun.

    Please welcome Sister Smith as she moves from her former congregation to her new congregation.

  3. sisternoun

    a senior or supervisory nurse, often in a hospital.

    Native American leader Chief Seattle urged ecological responsibility, referring to Brother Eagle and Sister Sky in his purported 1854 speech.

  4. sisternoun

    any woman or girl with whom a bond is felt through common membership of a race, profession, religion or organization, such as feminism.

    Connie was very close to her friend Judy and considered her to be her sister.

  5. sisternoun

    a black woman

  6. sisternoun

    a form of address to a woman

  7. sisternoun

    a woman, in certain labour or socialist circles; also as a form of address.

  8. sisternoun

    Of or relating to an entity that has a special or affectionate, non-hierachical relationship with another.

    sister publication, sister city, sister projects

  9. sisternoun

    In the same class.

    sister ships, sister facility

  10. sisterverb

    To strengthen (a supporting beam) by fastening a second beam alongside it.

    I'm trying to correct my sagging floor by sistering the joists.

  11. Sisternoun

    Title of respect for an adult female member of a religious or fraternal order.

    My sister is always driving me crazy.

  12. Sisternoun

    Formal title for any female member of a religious or fraternal organization. (Compare Miss.)

    Please welcome Sister Smith as she moves from her former congregation to her new congregation.

  13. Sisternoun

    An informal title used as part of another moniker:

    Native American leader Chief Seattle urged ecological responsibility, referring to Brother Eagle and Sister Sky in his purported 1854 speech.

  14. Etymology: From sister, suster, partly from systir and partly from swustor, sweostor; both from swestēr, from swésōr. Cognate with sister, syster, suster, zuster, Schwester, syster, systir,, soror, сестра, sesuo, Albanian vajzë,.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Sisternoun

    Etymology: sweoster , Saxon; zuster, Dutch.

    Her sister began to scold. William Shakespeare, Taming of the Shrew.

    I have said to corruption, thou art my father: to the worm, thou art my mother and my sister. Job. xvii. 14.

    If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of food, and you say unto them, depart in peace, be you warmed and filled: notwithstanding you give them not those things which are needful to the body, what doth it profit? James ii. 15.

    He chid the sisters,
    And bade them speak to him. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    The women, who would rather wrest the laws,
    Than let a sister-plaintiff lose the cause,
    As judges on the bench more gracious are,
    And more attent to brothers of the bar,
    Cry’d one and all, the suppliant should have right:
    And to the grandame hag adjudg’d the knight. Dryden.

    There grew two olives, closest of the grove,
    With roots entwin’d, and branches interwove:
    Alike their leaves, but not alike they smil’d
    With sister-fruits: one fertile, one was wild. Alexander Pope.


  1. Sister

    Sister Ray" is a song by the Velvet Underground that closes side two of their 1968 album White Light/White Heat. The lyrics are by Lou Reed, with music composed by John Cale, Sterling Morrison, Maureen Tucker and Reed. The song concerns drug use, violence, homosexuality, and transvestism. Reed said of the lyrics: "'Sister Ray' was done as a joke—no, not as a joke, but it has eight characters in it and this guy gets killed and nobody does anything. It was built around this story that I wrote about this scene of total debauchery and decay. I like to think of 'Sister Ray' as a transvestite smack dealer. The situation is a bunch of drag queens taking some sailors home with them, shooting up on smack and having this orgy when the police appear."At 17 minutes 29 seconds, it is the longest song on White Light/White Heat, taking up most of the second side of the record, as well as the longest song in the Velvet Underground's studio discography.


  1. sister

    A sister is a female sibling, sharing at least one parent in common, or a female who is bonded by affection, friendship, or loyalty.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sisternoun

    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

  2. Sisternoun

    a woman who is closely allied to, or assocciated with, another person, as in the sdame faith, society, order, or community

  3. Sisternoun

    one of the same kind, or of the same condition; -- generally used adjectively; as, sister fruits

  4. Sisterverb

    to be sister to; to resemble closely

  5. Etymology: [OE. sister, fr. Icel. systir; also suster, from AS. sweostor, sweoster, swuster, akin to OFries. sweester, suster, LG. sster, suster, D. zuster, OS. & OHG. swestar, G. schwester, Icel. systir, Sw. syster, Dan. sster, Goth. swistar, Lith. ses, Russ. sestra, Pol. siostra, L. soror, Skr. svasr. 298. Cf. Cousin.]


  1. Sister

    Sister is the fourth studio album by American alternative rock band Sonic Youth. It was released in June 1987, through record label SST. The album furthers the band's move away from no wave towards more traditional song structures, while maintaining an aggressively experimental approach. The album was re-issued in 2011 on 180gram purple-marble vinyl. Like their previous records, Sister wasn't very successful at the time but later on in their career it has been heavily praised by critics, Slant Magazine called it "the last great punk album of the Reagan era, and the first great pop album to emerge from the American underground" listing the album at number seventy-two in its list of the best albums of the 1980s. and Pitchfork Media listed Sister as the fourteenth best album of the 1980s.

Rap Dictionary

  1. sister

    (noun) Woman of the same group; friend; female sibling.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sister' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1442

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sister' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1197

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sister' in Nouns Frequency: #476

Anagrams for sister »

  1. resist

  2. resits

  3. risest

  4. restis

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sister in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sister in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of sister in a Sentence

  1. Mr. van Gelder:

    Anne Frank wasn’t a star pupil. She was a likeable child. Sometimes I’d bump into her in the mornings on her way to school. Then she’d sometimes tell me stories that she’d made up together with her father. They were always really funny stories. She told me a lot about her father, but not much about her mother and sister. I also knew that she wanted to be a writer. Maybe she would have been…

  2. Amerie Jo Garza:

    We've informed him that his sister is now with God. And that she will no longer be with us, he just cried... he's 3 years old. This is emotional for him to even process.

  3. James Caan:

    Barbara was like my best friend, when she died, passion became this whole thing with me. That's what I loved about my sister. She was just so passionate about whatever she did.

  4. Roberta McCain:

    My friends, when I was growing up, my father was often at sea, and the job of raising my brother, sister and me would fall to my mother alone, roberta McCain gave us her love of life, her deep interest in the world, her strength and her belief that we're all meant to use our opportunities to make ourselves useful to our country.

  5. William Tong:

    No settlement will ever come close to addressing the magnitude of suffering and harm caused by Purdue Pharma and the Sackler family, but in reaching this $ 6 billion settlement we recognized that we could not stall this process forever for victims and our sister states.

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