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

Examples of sibling in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the trailer, Jackson begins to share about the role her father, Joe Jackson, had in controlling her and her sibling's lives and careers, and touches on her need to seize back control. Aimée Lutkin, ELLE, 1 Jan. 2022 The Little Mermaid, her sibling wasn’t just going to sit around and wait for her to be done! Hugh Mcintyre, Forbes, 28 Dec. 2021 Weeks prior, Elyjah Munson’s cousin, 5-year-old Khalis Eberhart was fatally shot when her 3-year-old sibling found an unsecured gun at their South Fulton apartment, the AJC previously reported. Caroline Silva, ajc, 23 Dec. 2021 Smith was surprised to receive the phone call from Wachowski about making another movie, especially after the filmmaker and her sibling declined numerous offers in the past two decades to do so. Nick Romano,, 21 Dec. 2021 The younger brother was eventually sentenced to 10 years in prison for lying to the FBI about his sibling, as well as being a felon in possession of firearms. Kristina Davis, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Dec. 2021 The best part of waking up is a cup of hot coffee—and being reunited with your sibling for the holidays. Jennifer Aldrich, Better Homes & Gardens, 17 Dec. 2021 Holley's sister, Lawanda Sykes, said during a press conference her sibling's lifelong goal was to become a police officer. CNN, 16 Dec. 2021 Separately, a civil lawsuit seeking $100 million has been filed against the school district on behalf of a student who was shot in the neck and survived, and her younger sister who watched her sibling get shot. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, 15 Dec. 2021

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First Known Use of sibling

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

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The first known use of sibling was before the 12th century

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7 Jan 2022

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“Sibling.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of sibling

: 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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