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- (Received Pronunciation, General American) IPA(key): /ˈnɪblɪŋ/, enPR: nĭbʹlĭng
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- Homophone: nibbling (one pronunciation)
- Hyphenation: nib‧ling
nibling (plural niblings)
- (chiefly anthropology, uncommon, often in the plural) Used especially as a gender-neutral term: the child of one's sibling or sibling-in-law; one's nephew or niece. [from 1951]
- 1967, Ben J. Wallace, Gaddang Agriculture: The Focus of Ecological and Cultural Change (unpublished Ph.D. dissertation), Madison, Wis.: University of Wisconsin, OCLC 227223607:
- Aunts and uncles are concerned with the education of their niblings and may play a minor role in the ultimate arrangement of a marriage for the nibling.
- 1974, Roger W. Shuy and Charles-James N. Bailey, editors, Towards Tomorrow’s Linguistics, Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, →ISBN, page 125:
- In the following line we find Q1P2; that is, child of a parent of a parent; this is the relation that nuncles (aunts or uncles) bear to niblings (nieces or nephews).
- 1988, Jay Miller, “Viola Edmundson Garfield”, in Ute Gacs, Aisha Khan, Jerrie McIntyre, and Ruth Weinberg, editors, Women Anthropologists: Selected Biographies, Illini Books edition, Urbana; Chicago, Ill.: University of Illinois Press, published 1989, →ISBN, page 112:
- She [Viola Edmundson Garfield] was close to her family, particularly her younger “siblings and niblings.”
- 1998 May, Daniel J. Kruger, “Male Relatives Benefit More from Kin Selecting Tendencies Enhancing Social Status”, in Daniel J. Kruger, PhD, University of Michigan, archived from the original on 17 June 2019:
- Kin selection was strongest for choices between sibling and friend, decreasing across sibling vs. nibling, nibling vs. friend, and nibling vs. cousin, [...]
- 1999, Jay Miller, “Body”, in Lushootseed Culture and the Shamanic Odyssey: An Anchored Radiance, Lincoln, Neb.; London: University of Nebraska Press, →ISBN, page 127:
- Most distinctive of the system, therefore, were the two terms for parental siblings and for niblings, which occurred only among the Salish and neighboring Southern Nootkans.
- 2005 February, N. J. Enfield, “The Body as a Cognitive Artifact in Kinship Representations: Hand Gesture Diagrams by Speakers of Lao”, in Current Anthropology, volume 46, number 1, Chicago, Ill.: University of Chicago Press, DOI:10.1086/425661, ISSN 0011-3204, OCLC 877776534, pages 51–81; quoted in N. J. Enfield, “Diagramming”, in The Anatomy of Meaning: Speech, Gesture, and Composite Utterances (Language, Culture, and Cognition), Cambridge, Cambridgeshire: Cambridge University Press, 2009, →ISBN, part II (Illustrative Components of Moves), page 161:
- Cousins are informally referred to by the same terms used for siblings, but officially one has an aunt/uncle-nibling relationship with one's cousins.
gender-neutral term for child of one's sibling or sibling-in-law