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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People familiar with the building say its owners — siblings — disagree over what to do with it. Tim Logan,, "Why have these buildings sat empty for years and even decades?," 17 June 2019 In her first novel, French Iranian screenwriter Djavadi delivers the story of Kimiâ Sadr, who flees Iran at age 10 with her mother and siblings to reunite with her father in France. Rosa Boshier, Washington Post, "Ten books that explain the complicated nostalgia of being a child of diaspora," 17 June 2019 He was predeceased by siblings: Cecile St. Jean, Nelson, Tony, Herman, Yvette Cyr, Delmar Masse, Pauline Maillett, Gerald, and 2 nieces and 4 nephews with a special place in his heart for Brian Cyr and Gary Masse., "Newman J. Masse," 16 June 2019 Madolyn is preceded in death by her son Bill, husbands C. Robert Markham and Branch Fleming, and six siblings., "Deaths in South Florida: 6/16," 16 June 2019 In the photo, which appears to be taken in a hospital, Johnson, 39, cradles newborn daughter Birdie Mae in his arms while proud siblings Maxwell Drew, 7, and Ace Knute, 6, look on smiling. Rachel Desantis,, "Jessica Simpson Shares Sweet Father's Day Message for 'Best Father in the World,' Eric Johnson," 16 June 2019 Listening to the tales of older siblings who have been to camp can make the young ones wish for their own camping adventure. Donna Erickson, Twin Cities, "Donna Erickson: Tips and ideas for summer play all day, every day," 13 June 2019 Michael Vogel, the producer and writer of the series, confirmed the news on Twitter denying any theories that Aunt Holiday and Auntie Lofty are either close friends or siblings. Rasha Ali, USA TODAY, "'Cute couple!' My Little Pony' introduces lesbian ponies Aunt Holiday and Auntie Lofty," 13 June 2019 The San Antonio native grew up in a household of 10, which included her mom, dad and seven siblings. Jeanne Jakle,, "San Antonio actress checks into Eva Longoria’s ‘Grand Hotel’," 11 June 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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English Language Learners Definition of sibling

formal : a brother or sister


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

Kids Definition of sibling

: a brother or sister an older sibling


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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to take the place or position of

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