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 That means turn off the TV, give their phone a rest, and even maintain some space between siblings if things tend to get rivalrous. Boone Ashworth, Wired, "How to Set Up Your Kid’s Virtual Work/Play Space," 18 May 2020 After moving with her mother and siblings from Venezuela to New York City at the age of eight, Hurtado decided to study art in high school. Elisa Wouk Almino, The New York Review of Books, "Luchita Hurtado’s Persistent Perspective," 16 May 2020 Matthew Cameron with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency told CNN that the bears were probably yearling siblings that learned to look for human food from their mother. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Women Hide as Bear Ransacks Gatlinburg Rental Cabin, Steals Candy, Chips, Beer," 13 May 2020 Hyundai-Kia Hyundai and corporate sibling Kia restarted their Alabama and Georgia plants, respectively, on May 4. Colin Beresford, Car and Driver, "Across U.S., Automakers' Factories Are Returning to Production," 12 May 2020 Her son and siblings are raising money to pay for her funeral. Marina Starleaf Riker,, "‘She was a person that loved hard’: 60-year-old is the first nursing home employee to die of COVID-19," 11 May 2020 Among them were two siblings and their elderly mother. Elise Young,, "New Jersey Reports 742 Confirmed Coronavirus Cases, Up From 427," 10 May 2020 Insurance covered a stay in a hotel, but once that ended, Jennings and her family split from her mother and siblings because space was tight. Adrienne Roberts, Detroit Free Press, "Homeless shelters, already at capacity, see increased demand during pandemic," 8 May 2020 Half of his Smithfield paycheck goes to his mother and siblings in Liberia, and to save money as part of his plan to return home one day to West Africa. USA Today, "‘Essential worker just means you’re on the death track’," 5 May 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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22 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Sibling.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 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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