Other Word Forms of Sibling
Origin of Sibling
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.
Middle English from Old English from sibb kinsman sib
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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