Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A blood relation; a relative.
  • n. A person's relatives considered as a group; kinfolk.
  • n. A brother or sister; a sibling.
  • n. Anthropology A kinship group consisting of two or more lineages considered as being related, as by common descent from a mythic ancestor.
  • adj. Related by blood; kindred.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having kinship or relationship; related by same-bloodedness; having affinity; being akin; kindred.
  • n. Kindred; kin; kinsmen; a body of persons related by blood in any degree.
  • n. A kinsman; a blood relation; a relative, near or remote; one closely allied to another; an intimate companion.
  • n. A sibling, brother or sister (irrespective of gender)
  • n. Any group of animals or plants sharing a corresponding genetic relation
  • n. A group of individuals unilaterally descended from a single (real or postulated) common ancestor
  • v. To bring into relation; establish a relationship between; make friendly; reconcile.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Related by blood; akin.
  • n. A blood relation.
  • n. a sibling.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having kinship or relationship; related by consanguinity; having affinity; akin; kindred.
  • To bring into relation; establish a relationship between; make friendly.
  • n. Kindred; kin; kinsmen; a body of persons related by blood in any degree.
  • n. A kinsman; a relative, near or remote; hence, one closely allied to another; an intimate companion.
  • n. An abbreviation of Siberia
  • n. of Siberian.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a person's brother or sister
  • n. one related by blood or origin; especially on sharing an ancestor with another

Etymologies

Middle English sibbe, from Old English sibb; see s(w)e- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English sib, from Old English sibb ("related, akin, sib"), from Proto-Germanic *sibjaz (“related”), from Proto-Indo-European *sebʰ-, *swebʰ- (“one's own”). Cognate with West Frisian besibbe ("related"), Middle Dutch sibbe ("related"), Middle Low German sibbe ("related"), Middle High German sippe ("related"), Icelandic sifi ("related"). (Wiktionary)
From Middle English sib, sibbe, from Old English sibb ("relationship; gossip; friendliness, kindness; love, friendship, peace, concord, unity, tranquility; peace of mind; a relative, kinsman, kinswoman"), from Proto-Germanic *sibjō (“kinship”), from Proto-Indo-European *sebʰ-, *swebʰ- (“one's own”). Cognate with West Frisian sibbe ("relative, family member"), Dutch sibbe ("sib"), German Sippe ("tribe, clan"), Icelandic sifjar ("in-laws"), Latin suus ("one's own"). (Wiktionary)
From Middle English *sibben, *sibbien, from Old English sibbian ("to make peace; rejoice"), from Proto-Germanic *sibjōnan (“to reconcile”), Proto-Indo-European *sebʰ-, *swebʰ- (“one's own”). Cognate with German sippen ("to be in relationship with, become related to"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • "That devil you called your sib's granddaughter, General.

    Exodus From The Long Sun

  • My sib is a really good cook; what he cooks isn't fancy, but it's really, really good.

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  • Gossip has quite degenerated from its old meaning, and even "sib," though good English in Chaucer's time, is now only to be found in provincial dialects; but in German "sipp" still means "kin."

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  • "We call one another sib, which is short for _sibyl_, because _maytera_ is reserved for the sibyl in charge of the cenoby in which we live.

    Exodus From The Long Sun

  • Or perhaps it's because this is the Plot Truck, and thus the girls don't get a look in - bar Cord, Erasmas '"sib" (sister) and the aforementioned honorary boy (she's a mechanic, and thus apparently not included in the female hivemind).

    Brit Lit Blogs

  • a kind of sib, I'm thinkin '-- an' thae Merry Men, the daft callants, blawin 'and lauchin', and puir souls in the deid thraws warstlin 'the leelang nicht wi' their bit ships -- weel, it comes ower me like a glamour.

    Merry Men

  • It's Maria Lark, who plays precocious middle sib Bridgette, who's feeling the pain.

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  • Most of our kids will bully someone -- a younger sib, a classmate, even a friend -- this school year.

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