noun [ C ]
a child of your sibling (= brother or sister):
It's a photo of my parents holding my newest nibling.
I want to send some gifts to my niblings.
Blend of nephew or niece + sibling, coined by the American linguist Samuel Elmo Martin (1924–2009) in 1951.
Words We're Watching: 'Nibling'
An efficient word for your sibling's kids
What to Know: Nibling is a gender-neutral term used to refer to a child of one's sibling as a replacement for "niece" or "nephew". The word is thought to have been coined in the early 1950s, but was relatively obscure for several decades before being revived in recent years.
Are you someone who has a sibling or siblings with multiple offspring of varying genders you'd like to refer to efficiently? Would you like a single word that could apply generally to all of them, be they infants, wee ones, tween or teen ones, or even full-blown adults? Perhaps you'd appreciate a word that was something like the word sibling itself, which refers quite neatly to the other children of one's parents, regardless of gender.
Well, we have some news: such a word exists. It's not yet entered in our dictionaries, but it's out there, and it's being used with increasing frequency: nibling.
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