sib·​ling | \ ˈsi-bliŋ \

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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Her siblings, Ruth and Herbert are both deceased, Her husbands, who each predeceased her, were William Furst, Franklyn Weiss, and Sol Goldes., "Deaths in South Florida: 7/9," 9 July 2018 My siblings were either in college or had moved out of the house. Zito Madu, GQ, "How to Forgive Your Father," 26 June 2018 Hazard now has the chance to join his older brother Eden in the Premier League - and could seek advice from his brother this summer, as the siblings are both in the Belgium squad for the World Cup in Russia., "Leicester Linked With Move for Belgium International to Replace Wantaway Winger Riyad Mahrez," 13 June 2018 The siblings and Shannon were responsible for killing Moore that day, the charging document alleges. Nashelly Chavez, sacbee, "Murder charges filed in case of missing Yolo County teens," 11 June 2018 Mamie's siblings are Henry Wolfe Gummer, 33, Grace Gummer, 32, and Louisa Gummer, 27. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Meryl Streep Is Becoming a Grandma for the First Time," 9 Dec. 2018 Matt Deitsch, a Parkland alumnus whose two younger siblings were students at the time of the shooting, immediately left college to help form March For Our Lives. Kelli Kennedy, The Seattle Times, "Parkland shooting survivors win Children’s Peace Prize," 20 Nov. 2018 If his own siblings are fearful of the political implications, the ad begs us to ask, perhaps other voters should be wary of him, too? Jewel Wicker, Teen Vogue, "How Campaign Ads Use Fear to Force Voters to React," 26 Oct. 2018 My siblings who chose to film ads against me are all liberal Democrats who hate President Trump. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News, "Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar blames Obama for siblings' attack ad," 25 Sep. 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of sibling

: a brother or sister an older sibling


sib·​ling | \ ˈsib-liŋ \

Medical Definition of sibling

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

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