sibling

noun

sib·​ling ˈsi-bliŋ How to pronounce sibling (audio)
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 Every quarter, the Fletcher siblings each receive nearly one million dollars from the factory’s earnings. Jennifer Wilson, The New Yorker, 1 July 2024 The siblings both took an early shine to cooking by watching their maternal grandmother who watched them often while their mom worked. Pamela McLoughlin, Hartford Courant, 1 July 2024 The soft rock group, composed of siblings Abraham, Angel, Israel, and Momo Boyd, have been going through a lot of positive change recently, from seeing multiple releases go viral to developing a more streamlined approach to their songwriting. Vrinda Jagota, SPIN, 1 July 2024 The actress is very close to all of her younger siblings. Ariana Quihuiz, Peoplemag, 29 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for sibling 

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Word History

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of sibling was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Sibling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sibling. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

sibling

noun
sib·​ling ˈsib-liŋ How to pronounce sibling (audio)
: one of two or more individuals having the same parents or sometimes only one parent in common

Medical Definition

sibling

noun
sib·​ling ˈsib-liŋ How to pronounce sibling (audio)
: sib
also : one of two or more individuals having one common parent
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