sibling

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1903, modern revival of Old English sibling ‎(relative, a relation, kinsman), equivalent to sib +‎ -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.)

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sibling ‎(plural siblings)

  1. A person who shares same parents. One's brother or sister.
    None of my siblings are married yet..

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