Looking for a word that denotes both brothers and sisters without gender connotations (gender neutral), in a similar fashion as parents for father and mother.

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    What research have you done? – curiousdannii Mar 30 '15 at 2:29
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    probably not a lot. (pretty low-hangin' fruit.) – robert bristow-johnson Mar 30 '15 at 2:44
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    'Siblings' is fully gender-neutral. – hBy2Py Mar 30 '15 at 13:17
  • The question worded as it is now, almost nullifies the answer written by de Bernardy. He does not suggest any gender neutral alternatives to siblings – Mari-Lou A Mar 30 '15 at 19:14
  • @Mari-LouA restored original question; glad with answer; thanks a lot for the helpful/clarifying comments. – elm Mar 30 '15 at 19:34

It sounds like you're looking for one of siblings (as in brothers and sisters), offspring, or children (as in sons and daughters).

Sibling (OED):

Each of two or more children or offspring having one or both parents in common; a brother or sister.

Possibly sib (OED):

chiefly Zoology A brother or sister; a sibling.

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    +1 for sibling/s, which is the only answer necessary, imo. You wouldn't really need anything for only/single children other than he/she has no siblings, would you? – Papa Poule Mar 29 '15 at 15:07
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    @choster: To me, siblings are about my siblings. When you ask someone without any about her siblings, the answer is "no siblings". I'm unaware of any terms that would denote myself plus my siblings (while excluding the parents). – Denis de Bernardy Mar 29 '15 at 15:09
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    Good answer, however it is required by the site that if you reproduce information from another source that you cite that source. See here for some examples meta.english.stackexchange.com/a/5196/71783 – Frank Mar 29 '15 at 20:01
  • @Frank: The source is the built-in OS X dictionary (Right-click / Look up). – Denis de Bernardy Mar 29 '15 at 21:57
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    @DenisdeBernardy OS X uses New Oxford American; the easiest source is oxforddictionaries.com/us/definition/american_english/sib which is pretty close to what you have there. – Joe Mar 30 '15 at 3:13

In my opinion, the answer siblings seems to be the most terse yet adequate way to express this phrase. Here are my reasons:

  1. Siblings denote live, closely related beings. However, there is a glitch! Mother and father are not genetically related, while brother and sister denote genetic relationship. Possibly a more accurate, yet less popular, answer might be family members.
  2. Connotatively, a better descriptive sentence might be “Aunt and uncle are to family as brother and sister are to siblings”. Or “Mother and father are to family as brother and sister-in-law are to marriage”.
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    +1 again for siblings and a better discussion of it, but wasn't the OPs mention of parents/father/mother just to give an example of the gender-neutral kind of word that is being sought? I just have a hard time understanding why "siblings" isn't the one and only answer here? – Papa Poule Mar 29 '15 at 16:07
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    Family members could have different meanings in different geographical regions, because it depends on ones definition of family. Siblings, on the other hand, can only mean brothers or sisters (or brothers and sisters). Also, there is no genetic requirement for siblings. For example, after an adoption, or after a second marriage, people who are not genetically related could still be described as siblings. – mdperry Mar 29 '15 at 17:24
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    I don’t understand the second point here at all. Connotatively, “parents is to father and mother as siblings is to brother and sister” is perfect. Your aunt-and-uncle example makes no sense at all. “Aunt and uncle are to family as brother and sister(-in-law) are to family” would make more sense, but completely defeat the purpose. And mother and father are to marriage what brother and sister-in-law are to marriage. Also, siblings don’t necessary denote live beings. If your sibling dies, (s)he doesn’t stop being your sibling. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Mar 29 '15 at 23:25

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