sibling

noun
sib·​ling | \ ˈsi-bliŋ How to pronounce sibling (audio) \

Definition of sibling

1 : sib sense 2 also : one of two or more individuals having one common parent
2 : one of two or more things related by a common tie or characteristic the sedan's smaller sibling

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Mamie has three younger siblings—Henry Wolfe Gummer, 33, Grace Gummer, 32, and Louisa Gummer, 27. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meryl Streep Just Said the Sweetest Thing About Becoming a Grandma for the First Time," 2 Mar. 2019 Having just celebrated Mother’s Day as a family, Daisy and her three younger siblings were in the car with their parents. Isabella Gomez, Teen Vogue, "Why Doesn't Criminal Justice Reform Doesn't Include Immigration Law?," 9 Jan. 2019 Two years later, in 2006, Jen and Sarah adopted those three siblings from the Texas foster system: Marcus, then seven, Hannah, four, and Abigail, two. Glamour, "Broken Harts, Episode 2: 'If Not Us, Who?'," 11 Dec. 2018 Damien, along with his three other siblings, are first-generation American. Drew Davison, star-telegram, "This 'mama's boy' may have the best name on the Dallas Cowboys roster," 27 June 2018 As he's described, he was ordered to translate for three Brazilian siblings, all under age 16. Rachel Leingang, azcentral, "Meet the man who says he made Trump overturn family separation policy," 21 June 2018 That’s how his three remaining siblings remembered him in Wallace Robinson’s Elkins Park living room this week. Julia Terruso, Philly.com, "After Trump-Kim summit, Philly-area family asking 'What about my brother' could finally get an answer," 20 June 2018 Justin seems to be a great big brother to his three siblings and, for that reason, would make an awesome dad. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "All the Signs That Hailey Baldwin is Pregnant with Justin Bieber’s Baby," 25 Mar. 2019 Even our own Sun was part of such a cluster once, although our stellar siblings have long since drifted apart. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Our Galaxy Could Have 50 Billion Rogue Planets," 11 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of sibling

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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sibling

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sibling

formal : a brother or sister

sibling

noun
sib·​ling | \ ˈsi-bliŋ How to pronounce sibling (audio) \

Kids Definition of sibling

: a brother or sister an older sibling

sibling

noun
sib·​ling | \ ˈsib-liŋ How to pronounce sibling (audio) \

Medical Definition of sibling

: sib also : one of two or more individuals having one common parent

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