sibling

/sib"ling/, n.
1. a brother or sister.
2. Anthropol. a comember of a sib.
adj.
3. of or pertaining to a brother or sister: sibling rivalry.
[bef. 1000; late ME: relative, OE; see SIB, -LING1]

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      typically, a brother or a sister. Many societies choose not to differentiate children who have both parents in common from those who share only one parent; all are known simply as siblings. In those societies that do differentiate children on this basis, the former are known as full siblings, and the latter are known as half-siblings. Siblings may be the biological offspring of their parents, or they may be socially classified as such through adoption or the categories used in various descent systems. For instance, in some societies the relationships between certain sets of cousins (most often parallel cousins, the children of one's mother's sister or father's brother) may be the same as those that other forms of reckoning expect between biological siblings. In European and related traditions, the study of child development has included sibling relationships as important factors in personality formation. In many traditional cultures, the rights and obligations that obtain between full siblings are among the most sacrosanct of all the ties that bind kinship groups together.

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  • sibling — sib ling [sub + ling.] (s[i^]b l[i^]ng), n. a brother or a sister. Note: Siblings have at least one parent in common. Those related only by a common mother are {uterine siblings}; those related only by a common father are {agnate siblings} or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sibling — sib ling (s[i^]b l[i^]ng), a. of or pertaining to a {sibling}, n.; as, sibling rivalry: the common rivalry between siblings. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sibling — brother or sister, 1903, modern revival (in anthropology) of O.E. sibling relative, kinsman, from sibb (adj.) kinship, relationship; love, friendship, from P.Gmc. *sebjo blood relation, relative, properly one s own (Cf. O.S. sibba, O.Fris., M.Du …   Etymology dictionary

  • sibling — is a kind of popularized technicality, a word reintroduced by anthropologists in the early 20c and useful now as a gender neutral term for ‘brother or sister’: • Small groups drifted through the classroom: mothers and fathers, large numbers of… …   Modern English usage

  • sibling — sibling. См. сибс. (Источник: «Англо русский толковый словарь генетических терминов». Арефьев В.А., Лисовенко Л.А., Москва: Изд во ВНИРО, 1995 г.) …   Молекулярная биология и генетика. Толковый словарь.

  • sibling — 1 m ( es/ as) relative, a relation, kinsman …   Old to modern English dictionary

  • sibling — ► NOUN ▪ each of two or more children or offspring having one or both parents in common; a brother or sister. ORIGIN Old English, «relative» …   English terms dictionary

  • sibling — [sib′liŋ] n. [20th c. revival of OE, a relative: see SIB & LING1] one of two or more persons born of the same parents or, sometimes, having one parent in common; brother or sister …   English World dictionary

  • Sibling — Brother(s) and Sister(s) redirect here. For other uses, see Brother (disambiguation), Brothers (disambiguation), Sister (disambiguation), and Sisters (disambiguation) Relationships …   Wikipedia

  • sibling — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ elder, eldest, older, younger ▪ The younger children were badly treated by older siblings. ▪ adoptive ▪ female …   Collocations dictionary

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