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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The agency works with children that are hardest to place— those over age eight, those in sibling groups and those with medical issues. Krislyn Placide,, "Heart Gallery of Broward County collects luggage for foster children," 12 July 2018 All seven of Rucker’s siblings graduated from Thornton, while Rucker honed his skills with the Harvey Colts youth football program. Pat Disabato, Daily Southtown, "Disabato: Harvey native Keith Rucker 'about giving back and paying it forward' with youth football camp," 10 July 2018 Besides the immediate family and siblings, the royals were also joined for the ceremony by the young Prince Louis’s six godparents. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Prince Louis Is Officially Christened: See the First Photos," 9 July 2018 Since then, it's been worn by Louis' siblings, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, as well as other royal offspring. Maeve Mcdermott, USA TODAY, "Prince Louis wore the same christening gown as siblings George and Charlotte," 9 July 2018 Cagle said the department is trying to find the best placement for Anthony's six siblings. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "L.A. agency received 13 calls about boy before his suspicious death," 26 June 2018 Due to the age difference, Keith wasn’t able to be physically present as his two younger siblings started coming into their own on and off the court. Peter Dawson, star-telegram, "First family of Fort Worth basketball still shining after careers at TCU, Kansas," 12 July 2018 When Om Kee Hata's mother saved money to buy him new shoes or clothes, the 17-year-old Burmese refugee demurred, telling his single mom to spend the money on his four younger siblings instead. Katie Bernard, kansascity, "Teen who drowned in Hillsdale Lake was Burmese refugee who was providing for family," 11 July 2018 Bieber said of his two younger half-siblings Jazmyn, 9, and Jaxon, 8. Mariah Haas, Fox News, "Justin Bieber confirms engagement to Hailey Baldwin: 'You are the love of my life'," 10 July 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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The first known use of sibling was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of sibling

: 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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