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 As Kenny grapples with the guilt of missing his children in Florida, Armando brings up the topic of giving Hannah a younger sibling. Dory Jackson,, 10 Sep. 2021 Then, a source told Us Weekly that the couple had been wanting a younger sibling for Stormi Webster for a long time, and had been trying to get pregnant for months. Iris Goldsztajn, Marie Claire, 8 Sep. 2021 The manly, capable, wounded older brother — sometimes missing an arm rather than a leg — is a recurring character, often contrasted with a more introverted, psychologically fragile younger sibling. New York Times, 30 Aug. 2021 Kylie has spoken many times in the past about having another baby and a sibling for Stormi. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, 26 Aug. 2021 In American culture, white-collar crime is often portrayed less as evidence of unfettered greed than as a misguided sibling of success. Evan Osnos, The New Yorker, 23 Aug. 2021 Taurasi, 39, and her wife Penny Taylor, 40, are expecting their second child in October, a sibling for their 3-year-old son Leo. Jeff Metcalfe, The Arizona Republic, 17 Aug. 2021 Having rich neighbors like the U.S., Canada, and the Bahamas, and a successful sibling like the Dominican Republic, the country Haiti shares the island of Hispaniola with, is a boon to Haiti. Dimitry Elias Léger, Time, 14 July 2021 Inventing a new sibling out of thin air is how soap operas fill time in season 27. Darren Franich,, 22 June 2021

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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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16 Sep 2021

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“Sibling.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of sibling

: 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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