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Does a parent-child relationship have an equivalent to the word "sibling"?

For example:

Brother to brother: "We are brothers. We are siblings"

Son to father: "We are ________."

I do not know of a word in English to express parent-child relations like that other than in terms of one to the other (i.e. "you are my father; I am your son"). The closet I can think of is using the family name ("we are Lannisters").

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    There might be, but it would be contrived and little used, because unlike brother-to-brother relationships, the parent-child relationship is asymmetric. You may not care which particular brother you're dealing with, but you almost always care about whether you're dealing with the parent or the child. And of course children treat their parents differently than parents treat their children.
    – Dan Bron
    May 27 '15 at 11:47
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    A person's next-of-kin (NOK) is that person's closest living blood relative or relatives. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Next_of_kin
    – user66974
    May 27 '15 at 11:54
  • A simple answer: no, there isn't. You should say "We are father and son", or "This is my son" or "This is my father".
    – Centaurus
    May 27 '15 at 15:20
  • We just say, "father and son." Mar 30 '17 at 9:22
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Kin or family. There's nothing specific to the case.

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It's called a filial relationship.

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    – NVZ
    Mar 30 '17 at 10:56
  • I read filial = "noting or having the relation of a child to a parent." so the OP's quote would become "Son to father: "We are filial." so filial doesn't work here?
    – k1eran
    Mar 30 '17 at 12:22
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    @k1eran It doesn't really, because "filial" doesn't go both ways. A child can have a filial duty to a parent but a parent cannot have a filial duty to a child.
    – MetaEd
    Mar 30 '17 at 15:37

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