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 All but one of Olivia's siblings broke away from the fundamentalist religion, with her oldest brother choosing to stay. Laura Hanrahan, Woman's Day, "Who is Olivia Plath? New Details on the 'Welcome to Plathville' Star's Past," 9 Jan. 2020 The faces around that table were shadows of the five Roehrig siblings. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "You may know it as the Eiderdown restaurant. But to this Germantown family, it was home," 8 Jan. 2020 Kaylee was the oldest of several siblings and died after a short illness, according to information on the Go Fund Me page. Julie Washington, cleveland, "16-year-old girl first flu-related death in Cuyahoga County this season," 3 Jan. 2020 Shirley was born in Kake the youngest of six siblings. Aubrey Wieber, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage woman whose remains were found earlier this year was victim of a homicide, troopers say," 31 Dec. 2019 He was born in 1939 in downtown Baghdad, the third of 10 siblings. New York Times, "Mourning Iraq’s Destruction, a Native Son Creates," 31 Dec. 2019 Herrmann, one of three siblings, grew up around military bases in six states. Nate Schweber, ProPublica, "The Men Who Lost Their Lives When Their Tanker Went Down in a Doomed Military Training Flight," 30 Dec. 2019 Miley shared some more family photos on Christmas Eve, which included herself, four of her five siblings — including sisters Noah and Brandi, and brothers Braisonand Trace — and her parents Tish and Billy Ray Cyrus. Conchita Margaret Widjojo,, "Miley Cyrus and Cody Simpson Spend Their First Christmas Together with Her Family," 25 Dec. 2019 But their fame has been eclipsed by a very different pair of siblings. Faran Krentcil, Harper's BAZAAR, "12 Ways Fashion Was Defined in the 2010s," 19 Dec. 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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“Sibling.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 January 2020.

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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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