Origin of sibling20th-c. revival of OE, a relative: see sib and -ling
The two siblings bring their spouses and children to celebrate the holidays at their parents' house.
An example of a sibling is the little boy born to your mother and father right after you. He is your brother and your sibling.
Origin of siblingMiddle English from Old English from sibb kinsman ; see sib .
1903, modern revival of Old English sibling (“relative, a relation, kinsman"), equivalent to sib +"Ž -ling. Compare Middle English sib, sibbe (“relative, kinsman"). The term apparently meant merely kin or relative until the 20th century when its necessity for the study of genetics led to its specialized use. For example, the OED has a 1903 citation in which "sibling" must be defined for those who don't know the intended meaning.
- "1903 K. PEARSON in Biometrika II. 369 These [calculations] will enable us..to predict the probable character in any individual from a knowledge of one or more parents or brethren ("˜siblings', = brothers or sisters)." ("Sibling," OED.)
- In order for children to heal from the emotional pain of parental divorce, they need an outlet for open expression of their feelings, whether it is a sibling, friend, adult mentor or counselor, or a divorce support group.
- One way of familiarizing a toddler with computer technology without requiring any actual technical skills is to set up Skype or video chat and help him interact with faraway relatives or even a sibling in another room.
- Studies of identical twins' brains have found an almost perfect match in brainwave patterns, and this phenomenon could explain why twins appear to have extra-sensory perception when it comes to their sibling.
- Every child feels displaced to some degree when a new sibling arrives.
- He was simply helping out his sibling and never asked for details.