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 former, who plays Yusra, is soulful and soft-spoken, still girlish and relatably uncertain in such circumstances, while Manal is the more proactive and protective sibling. Peter Debruge, Variety, 8 Sep. 2022 While the tradeoffs have mostly to do with price and length, the smaller sibling has a similar cruising speed of 20 knots and top end of 30, along with features like a swim platform on the open transom, sunbathing deck and retractable awnings. Gemma Harris, Robb Report, 1 Sep. 2022 The two brothers, ages 9 and 7, with a family YouTube channel boasting over 85 million subscribers will soon get another sibling as their parents Victoria Vashketova and Sergey Vashketov are expecting their fourth baby. Angela Andaloro, Peoplemag, 24 Aug. 2022 Zach also expresses concern that Jackson will have a hard time adjusting to another sibling. Georgia Slater,, 18 July 2022 Along with Sharon, another sibling was missing from the Montreal dinner. Washington Post, 9 Feb. 2022 Another juvenile sibling of Damari is facing unspecified charges. Michael Ruiz, Fox News, 12 Jan. 2022 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 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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28 Sep 2022

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“Sibling.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Oct. 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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