As per title - is there such a word?

Either a noun:

John is an ?????? (his only brother died when he was 3)

or verb (or past tense as an adjective):

John was ????ed today (his only sister died today)

  • The first would be a noun. I don't know of any such word/s. – Edwin Ashworth Mar 1 '14 at 9:35
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    The origin of the word orphan seems to be the Latin orphanus which means "without parents" or "fatherless". So perhaps the latin word unigenita meaning "only child" would be a root word? I don't think there is a word for losing all siblings. – SubmittedDenied Mar 1 '14 at 9:38
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    @SubmittedDenied Perhaps then "unigenitified" or "unigenitiated" and for a noun "unigenitian" (following the "an" ending of orphan)? – Bohemian Mar 1 '14 at 14:15
  • One of my friends is a bereaved sibling. I have suggested we coin the term "sidow" for her - like a widow, but for siblings. – user190335 Aug 8 '16 at 18:39
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They are often mentioned as "bereaved sibling".

For example, in this book:

Sibling Grief: Healing After the Death of a Sister Or Brother - By P. Gill White

bereaved adj. Suffering the loss of a loved one: the bereaved family.

  • Sure, but the term doesn't indicate the person lost all of their siblings – Bohemian Aug 8 '16 at 19:18

Someone with no siblings is called an only child. I have heard an elderly woman say, when her last sibling had died, "Now I have become an only child."

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