sibling

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Etymology[edit]

1903, modern revival of Old English sibling (relative, a relation, kinsman), equivalent to sib +‎ -ling. Compare Middle English sib, sibbe (relative; kinsman), German Sippe. The term apparently meant merely kin or relative until the 20th century when it was utilised in a way that aided the study of genetics, which 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.[1]

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Noun[edit]

sibling (plural siblings)

  1. A person who shares a parent; one's brother or sister who one shares a parent with.
    None of my siblings are married yet.
  2. (computing theory) A node in a data structure that shares its parent with another node.

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  1. ^ Karl Pearson; Alice Lee (1903), “On the laws of inheritance in man”, in Biometrika, volume 2, issue 4, page 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).

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Old English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From sibb +‎ -ling.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈsib.linɡ/, [ˈsib.liŋɡ]

Noun[edit]

sibling m

  1. relative, kinsman

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Descendants[edit]

  • English: sibling

References[edit]

  • sibling in Joseph Bosworth and T. Northcote Toller (1898) An Anglo-Saxon Dictionary