- blood relatives; kin
- a blood relative; kinsman or kinswoman; esp., a brother or sister
- Anthrop. a group of persons tracing their descent unilineally from a traditional or actual common ancestor
- Zool. any of the offspring of the same parents in relation to one another
Origin of sibMiddle English sibb ; from OE, kinsman, kinship, akin to German sippe, kinship ; from Indo-European an unverified form s(w)ebh-, of the same kind (from source Old High German Swaba, Swabian) ; from base an unverified form se-, apart from source Classical Latin se
- a. A blood relation; a relative.b. A person's relatives considered as a group; kinfolk.
- A brother or sister; a sibling.
- Anthropology A kinship group consisting of two or more lineages considered as being related, as by common descent from a mythic ancestor.
Origin of sibMiddle English sibbe, from Old English sibb; see s(w)e- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more sib, superlative most sib)
From Middle English sib, from Old English sibb (“related, akin, sib"), from Proto-Germanic *sibjaz (“related"), from Proto-Indo-European *sebÊ°-, *swebÊ°- (“one's own"). Cognate with West Frisian besibbe (“related"), Middle Dutch sibbe (“related"), Middle Low German sibbe (“related"), Middle High German sippe (“related"), Icelandic sifi (“related").
- Kindred; kin; kinsmen; a body of persons related by blood in any degree.
- A kinsman; a blood relation; a relative, near or remote; one closely allied to another; an intimate companion.
- A sibling, brother or sister (irrespective of gender)
- (biology) Any group of animals or plants sharing a corresponding genetic relation
- A group of individuals unilaterally descended from a single (real or postulated) common ancestor
From Middle English sib, sibbe, from Old English sibb (“relationship; gossip; friendliness, kindness; love, friendship, peace, concord, unity, tranquility; peace of mind; a relative, kinsman, kinswoman"), from Proto-Germanic *sibjÅ (“kinship"), from Proto-Indo-European *sebÊ°-, *swebÊ°- (“one's own"). Cognate with West Frisian sibbe (“relative, family member"), Dutch sibbe (“sib"), German Sippe (“tribe, clan"), Icelandic sifjar (“in-laws"), Latin suus (“one's own").
(third-person singular simple present sibs, present participle sibbing, simple past and past participle sibbed)
From Middle English *sibben, *sibbien, from Old English sibbian (“to make peace; rejoice"), from Proto-Germanic *sibjÅnÄ… (“to reconcile"), Proto-Indo-European *sebÊ°-, *swebÊ°- (“one's own"). Cognate with German sippen (“to be in relationship with, become related to").