Asked in
Children and the Law
Bill Clinton
Analogy
Extended Family

What is a word that covers nieces and nephews like siblings does brother and sisters?

Answer

User Avatar
Wiki User
October 15, 2007 12:36PM

Nibling denotes gender neutral noun of the son or daughter of a http://www.answers.com/topic/sibling, more commonly known as a http://www.answers.com/topic/cousin or a http://www.answers.com/topic/cousin. The term was coined to accommodate those instances where the gender of the child of a sibling is unknown such as when a sibling is first pregnant with a child. It is also used to avoid awkward inclusive gender-parsed phrases. A statement such as "I am going to visit my nephew and niece this weekend" can be easily reduced to "I am going to visit my niblings this weekend". It is a very aesthetically pleasing term given its rhyming nature, symmetry to the term sibling and its dimension of meaning. The term conjures images of small cute creatures that affectionately nibble one out of house and home.

This entry is from Wikipedia, the leading user-contributed encyclopedia. It may not have been reviewed by professional editors (see http://www.answers.com/main/Record2?a=NR&url=http%3a%2f%2fen.wikipedia.org%2fwiki%2fWikipedia%3aGeneral_disclaimer)