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noun [countable]     sister pronunciation in American English
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  1. 1
    a daughter of your parents. A son of your parents is called your brother

    He has two brothers and two sisters.

    big/little sister (=an older or younger sister):

    She has to babysit for her little sister tonight.

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  2. 2
    a nun (=a woman who is a member of a religious community)
    1. a.


      used in front of the first name of a nun, when talking to her or about her

      Sister Mary

  3. 5
    used by women for referring to a woman who they have strong feelings of loyalty and friendship toward

    support for our sisters in the military

  4. 6
    British a female nurse in charge of a hospital ward (=a room for people who are sick in a hospital)

    the day/night sister

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      British used for talking to a sister in a hospital

      My leg is still hurting me, Sister.

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