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Main Entry: 1neighˇbor
Etymology: Old English nahgebr
"neighbor," from nah
"near" + gebr
"dweller" --related to NEAR
a person who lives near another2 :
a person or thing located near another <Canada is a neighbor
of the U.S.>3 :
a fellow human beingWord History
The words near
are both related to -- and have the same meaning as -- the Old English word nah.
Another word which can be traced, at least in part, to nah
The combination of nah,
meaning "near," and gebr,
meaning "dweller," produced the Old English word nahgebr.
This word was used for "a person living near another." The pronunciation and spelling of nahgebr
has changed over the centuries to give us neighbor,
but the word's basic meaning has remained the same.