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 Mere seconds later, Aline is 4 or 5 years old, performing at an older sibling’s wedding. Rachel Handler, Vulture, 14 July 2021 Major was on the couch with his mother and another sibling. Carol Robinson |, al, 12 July 2021 The brother was staying in Lima, Ohio with another sibling. John Benson, cleveland, 7 July 2021 Simply put, this is an experiment in zombie storytelling that no one else is even close to, not even Black Summer’s sibling show, Z Nation, which took a much more comedic bend to the apocalypse. Paul Tassi, Forbes, 21 June 2021 Sophomore pitcher Kalli Strahm and freshman second baseman Brooke Strahm combined for six hits and six runs as each sibling reached base four times. Rick Hoff, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 June 2021 The first snapshot featured an adorable Lindsay dressed in costume as Annie James from 1998's The Parent Trap, holding her smiley, then-toddler sibling in front of Big Ben in London. Jen Juneau,, 17 June 2021 Baillie said one of her sixth graders stopped attending online because the child care provider for a 3-year-old sibling got COVID-19. The Salt Lake Tribune, 5 Dec. 2020 Dear Amy: About a year ago, my sister and I found a half-sibling on a DNA site. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, 21 Nov. 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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18 Jul 2021

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“Sibling.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jul. 2021.

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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


sib·​ling | \ ˈsib-liŋ How to pronounce sibling (audio) \

Medical Definition of sibling

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


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