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 Police were called when the younger brother threatened to shoot his sibling. cleveland, "Ex-girlfriend assaults man’s new girlfriend at farmers market: Solon police blotter," 31 Dec. 2020 Some students are experiencing homelessness, taking on jobs to help their families, becoming their sibling’s caretaker. Melissa Gomez, Los Angeles Times, "Facing a spike in Fs, winter break isn’t a vacation for many teachers and students," 30 Dec. 2020 The brothers still had no idea if their sibling was among those kidnapped. Joe Parkinson, WSJ, "Kidnapped Nigerian Schoolboys Say Ransom Was Paid, Tell of Beatings," 23 Dec. 2020 If your teen helps their sibling or does something else positive, give them credit. Katia Hetter, CNN, "How to help teens cope in a global pandemic," 23 Dec. 2020 After overcoming software problems that delayed the ID.3 electric hatchback’s rollout in Europe this year, VW will go global in 2021 with its crossover sibling, the ID.4. Christoph Rauwald,, "VW Won’t Flinch From Colossal Budget for Cutting-Edge Cars," 13 Nov. 2020 The Nissan Rogue Sport is set to follow in the footsteps of its bigger sibling's redesign, with a new version likely to arrive for the 2022 model year. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, "2022 Nissan Rogue Sport Previewed by Global Qashqai SUV," 10 Dec. 2020 The pocket-sized Switch Lite boasts a lovely design that’s comfortable to game on and can run most of the same games as its bigger sibling. Simon Hill, USA TODAY, "30 amazing gifts gamers actually want," 10 Dec. 2020 At the Montreal Insectarium, the two male Nanophylliums flew day and night for four months and died before their female sibling matured. New York Times, "He Was a Stick, She Was a Leaf; Together They Made History," 1 Dec. 2020

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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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“Sibling.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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How to pronounce sibling (audio)

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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