- a brother or sister.
- Anthropology. a comember of a sib, a unilateral descent group thought to share kinship through a common ancestor.
- of or relating to a brother or sister: sibling rivalry.
Origin of sibling
Examples from the Web for siblings
He won a ticket to college on a basketball scholarship but had to drop out to support his siblings.Those Kansas City Blues: A Family History
October 24, 2014
Her official residence is the New Orleans house she and her siblings grew up in – the home where her parents still live.Why Voters Are So Totally Checked Out
October 22, 2014
The vast majority of parents and siblings of people with Down syndrome believe their lives are better for it.Richard Dawkins Would Fail Philosophy 101
August 28, 2014
MZ and her siblings were raised nothing, really, except to be skeptical about nationalism and organized religion.Gaza, You're No Good For My Marriage
August 9, 2014
And also, that young woman [Soon-Yi] was very vulnerable, and I think it was very hard for the siblings, and certainly for Mia.Susan Sarandon on Her Love Affair With David Bowie, Woody Allen’s Creepiness, and Psychedelics
July 24, 2014
- a person's brother or sister
- (as modifier)sibling rivalry
- any fellow member of a sib
Word Origin and History for siblings
"brother or sister," 1903, modern revival (in anthropology) of Old English sibling "relative, kinsman," from sibb "kinship, relationship; love, friendship, peace, happiness," from Proto-Germanic *sibja- "blood relation, relative," properly "one's own" (cf. Old Saxon sibba, Old Frisian, Middle Dutch sibbe, Old High German sippa, German Sippe, Gothic sibja "kin, kindred"), from PIE s(w)e-bh(o)- (cf. Old Church Slavonic sobistvo, Russian sob "character, individuality"), an enlargement of the root *swe- "self" (see idiom). Related to the second element in gossip.
The word 'sib' or 'sibling' is coming into use in genetics in the English-speaking world, as an equivalent of the convenient German term 'Geschwister' [E.&C. Paul, "Human Heredity," 1930]
In Old English, sibb and its compounds covered grounds of "brotherly love, familial affection" which tended later to lump into love (n.), e.g. sibsumnes "peace, concord, brotherly love," sibbian (v.) "bring together, reconcile," sibbecoss "kiss of peace." Sibship, however, is a modern formation (1908). Sib persisted through Middle English as a noun, adjective, and verb expressing kinship and relationship.
- One of two or more individuals having one or both parents in common; a brother or sister.