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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Legally freed for adoption, David will do well in a family of any constellation, as an only child or with older siblings., "David has mastered many skills," 13 July 2019 Family separation—not just parent-child separation but also separation from older siblings, from uncles, grandmothers. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, "How Detained Children Are Treated Around the World," 10 July 2019 The two older siblings were also seen playing soccer during the match. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Louis, Prince George, and Princess Charlotte Attend a Polo Match with Family," 10 July 2019 Young children and older siblings often travel in pairs or join groups from nearby cities. Holly V. Hays, Indianapolis Star, "'They have a right to be children': How border crisis' young victims find peace in Indiana," 8 July 2019 The France Under-21 international becomes the second Hernández brother to ditch life in Madrid this summer, with older sibling Lucas moving to Germany from Atletico in a club-record deal for Bayern Munich., "Milan Confirm Signing of Defender Theo Hernandez From Real Madrid," 6 July 2019 All of the kids interviewed at the Clint facility were detained at the border after presenting themselves to CBP agents with a relative or older sibling, according to Hing. Tatiana Sanchez,, "Reports of disturbing detention conditions on border spark protests in SF," 2 July 2019 Older siblings or even parents can now buy it legally and pass it along. Jack Healy, New York Times, "Reefer Madness or Pot Paradise? The Surprising Legacy of the Place Where Legal Weed Began," 30 June 2019 One teen daughter told authorities of physical and emotional abuse that had gotten so bad that two of her older siblings took her from New Mexico to Arizona to keep her safe, according to court documents. Russell Contreras, Anchorage Daily News, "Couple charged in case of extreme child abuse in New Mexico were subject of Alaska complaints," 25 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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