Definition of sibling in English:

sibling

noun

  • Each of two or more children or offspring having one or both parents in common; a brother or sister.

    • ‘You will need help at some point, ask parents, siblings, teachers and friends for support.’
    • ‘This pattern is matched by the way in which the siblings of one's parents are named.’
    • ‘Insurers wanted to know more about what our parents died from and our siblings suffered with.’
    • ‘Her name was included on that list together with her parents and siblings.’
    • ‘I do not know if there were any other siblings or if their parents had any brothers or sisters.’
    • ‘You can tackle your parents, elder siblings or friends for possible placements.’
    • ‘Alexander had 13 siblings and only one of them survived, a sister who became a doctor.’
    • ‘Is it common for first time sexual experiences to be with a sibling or cousin around the same age?’
    • ‘It is also to be borne in mind that the appellant's family comprise his parents and three siblings.’
    • ‘And the death of a younger sibling is a different thing to the death of a parent.’
    • ‘If you do not have children or parents then siblings or further removed relatives may benefit.’
    • ‘It is not uncommon for the sibling of a child with autism to simply feel their parents do not love them as much.’
    • ‘My brothers middle name is Paul, the name my missing sibling would have had.’
    • ‘A man came to load it onto the bus as we ran to find Ranwen's parents and siblings.’
    • ‘His brother Craig was also a junior referee and their younger sibling, Neil, won the bronze in his group.’
    • ‘His elder sister is the biographer Antonia Fraser and four other siblings also write books.’
    • ‘The emphasis was on caring for the sick brother or sister and often the sibling got left in the shadows.’
    • ‘These games offer an opportunity for the viewers to play them alone or with the help of an older sibling or parent.’
    • ‘He joins his parents and siblings for breakfast, basic roti and pumpkin with a cup of tea.’
    • ‘You may wish for them to observe you as parents or older siblings while they use it.’
    brother or sister
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Origin

Old English, in the sense ‘relative’ (see sib, -ling). The current sense dates from the early 20th century.

Pronunciation

sibling

/ˈsɪblɪŋ/