Relative is a member of your family. But some people say that it refers to your cousins, uncles, grandparents, and aunts. Does that mean I cannot call my brother and sister relatives?


By definition, yes. You are connected through your family's bloodline and are thus relatives.


a person who is connected with another or others by blood or marriage

Source: Dictionary.com

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I would refer to my sibling using the proper more specific term, but they would certainly be lumped in with relatives if I were talking about a group of people with different levels of family closeness.

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