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sibling Line breaks: sib|ling
Pronunciation: /ˈsɪblɪŋ/

Definition of sibling in English:


Each of two or more children or offspring having one or both parents in common; a brother or sister.
Example sentences
  • I do not know if there were any other siblings or if their parents had any brothers or sisters.
  • The emphasis was on caring for the sick brother or sister and often the sibling got left in the shadows.
  • He joins his parents and siblings for breakfast, basic roti and pumpkin with a cup of tea.
brother or sister;
(siblings) brothers and/or sisters


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

  • gossip from Old English:

    In Old English godsibb or gossip was the word for a godparent. It literally meant ‘a person related to one in God’ and came from god ‘God’ and sibb ‘a relative’, the latter word found in sibling (Old English). Gossip came to be applied to a close friend, especially a female friend invited to be present at a birth. From this developed the idea of a person who enjoys indulging in idle talk, and by the 19th century idle talk or tittle-tattle itself.

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