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 The Saturday Night Live alum's younger sibling shared a tribute to Scott Davidson, a New York City firefighter who died in the 2001 terrorist attacks, on Sunday, 9/11's 21st anniversary. Anna Lazarus Caplan, Peoplemag, 12 Sep. 2022 Each sibling came from a different part of the city and arrived separately. Megan Myers, Fox News, 11 Sep. 2022 Your reason for not wanting to host your substance-using sibling is sensible. Abigail Van Buren, oregonlive, 1 Sep. 2022 With dozens of entry points and 70 campsites scattered along the trail, the United States’ oldest continuously used long-distance path is more than the Appalachian Trail’s little sibling. Kristin Smith, Outside Online, 31 Aug. 2022 Why trust us? Car and Driver and its sibling brands at Hearst Autos represent three of the most influential automotive publications in the world. Collin Morgan And Jon Langston, Car and Driver, 26 Aug. 2022 Venus beat Serena twice in major finals, but anyone who has a younger brother or sister has to feel bad for Venus losing so many times to a younger sibling. Fred Bowen, Washington Post, 25 Aug. 2022 Caroline Remond Putnam, another sibling, served in leadership positions for the American and Massachusetts Anti-Slavery societies, and spoke at an annual meeting of the New England Woman Suffrage Association. John Laidler,, 25 Aug. 2022 While best known for his role as Macaulay Culkin's sibling in the Home Alone franchise, Ratray has continued to act as an adult, with credits including Chicago Med, Russian Doll, Hustlers, The Tick, and Better Call Saul. Jessica Wang,, 24 Aug. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of sibling

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

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16 Sep 2022

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“Sibling.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2022.

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More Definitions for sibling


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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