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 For the Liu siblings, the process has been anything but fair. Deirdre Shesgreen, USA TODAY, "Trapped, alone and 'desperate to come home.' American siblings barred from leaving China," 15 Sep. 2019 But while Steve and his two older siblings were growing up in Miami, Florida, his dad was having three children by another woman named Pamela in New York City. Kat Bein, Billboard, "5 Things We Learned While Reading Steve Aoki's Memoir 'Blue: The Color of Noise'," 11 Sep. 2019 During a new interview with Ellen DeGeneres, Kylie Jenner revealed that her famous siblings do like to tease her a bit about her notoriously massive wealth. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Kylie Jenner's Siblings Tease Her About Being a Billionaire, Apparently," 7 Sep. 2019 The second-oldest of five, Moreno wants to set an example for his younger siblings. Washington Post, "James Madison University set out to help 35 middle schoolers become the first in their families to attend college. Would they succeed?," 31 Aug. 2019 And according to a new report in People, royal siblings Prince George and Princess Charlotte have very difference personalities and mannerisms. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Princess Charlotte Is Much More Outgoing Than Prince George," 24 Aug. 2019 Bei Bei, their third surviving cub, has two older siblings who have both moved back to China in recent years. Brandi Kellam, CBS News, "Bei Bei the giant panda celebrates last birthday at National Zoo before China move," 22 Aug. 2019 Always act as a good role model for younger siblings and fellow students. Saja Hindi, The Denver Post, "As 95,000 students get ready to start school in Denver, police remind drivers, students to follow safety tips," 18 Aug. 2019 There is also an enrollment fee of $250 and discounts available for siblings. Pomerado News, "After celebrating 30 years, Country Montessori School looking to the future," 8 Aug. 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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The first known use of sibling was before the 12th century

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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


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Medical Definition of sibling

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

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