Definition of neighbour noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    (especially US English neighbor) noun
    BrE BrE//ˈneɪbə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈneɪbər//
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  1. 1  a person who lives next to you or near you We've had a lot of support from all our friends and neighbours. Our next-door neighbours are very noisy. Wordfinderacquaintance, bond, buddy, companion, comrade, friend, mate, neighbour, platonic, playmate See related entries: Friends
  2. 2  a country that is next to or near another country What is Britain's nearest neighbour?
  3. 3a person or thing that is standing or located next to another person or thing Stand quietly, children, and try not to talk to your neighbour. The tree fell slowly, its branches caught in those of its neighbours.
  4. 4(literary) any other human We should all love our neighbours.
  5. Word OriginOld English nēahgebūr, from nēah ‘nigh, near’ + gebūr ‘inhabitant, peasant, farmer’ (compare with boor).Extra examples He’s having a barbecue and he’s inviting all the neighbours. I’ve just met our new neighbours. My nearest neighbour lives a few miles away. Our new neighbours moved in today. She could hear her downstairs neighbour moving around. She leaned over to her nearest neighbour and whispered something. She’s been a very good neighbour to me. Shh! You’ll wake the neighbours. The country is vulnerable to attack from hostile neighbours. The neighbours complained about his loud music. The two men became neighbours. They are near neighbours of ours.

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