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.
Her official residence is the New Orleans house she and her siblings grew up in – the home where her parents still live.
The vast majority of parents and siblings of people with Down syndrome believe their lives are better for it.
MZ and her siblings were raised nothing, really, except to be skeptical about nationalism and organized religion.
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|Marlow Stern|July 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
My love to Mama, the siblings and yourself and kindly regards to the great magnate.Greener Than You Think|Ward Moore
These legacies were never paid in full, an omission which further widened the gap between him and his siblings.Salona, Fairfax County, Virginia|Ellen Anderson
- a person's brother or sister
- (as modifier)sibling rivalry
Word Origin for sibling
"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.