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A sister-in-law (plural sisters-in-law) is the sister of one's spouse, the wife of one's sibling, or sometimes the wife of one's spouse's sibling.[1][2] Relative to a woman, the latter case (typically her husband's brother's wife; that is, the two women have married brothers) is occasionally called a co-sister-in-law, as they are each the sister-in-law of the other's husband.

For example, if Rob and Neil are brothers, Gwyneth is Rob's wife, and Claire is Neil's wife, then Gwyneth is Neil's sister-in-law, Claire is Rob's sister-in-law, and Gwyneth and Claire are co-sisters-in-law to one another.

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A sister by marriage.

A person's sister-in-law is his/her brother's wife, or spouse's sister.

There is some debate over whether the wife of a person's brother-in-law is "sister-in-law" or "sister-in-law by marriage", however, most legal definitions indicate that a sibling through marriage is a "brother-in-law" or "sister-in-law".

The plural form is "sisters-in-law".

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Someone's sister-in-law is the wife of his or her brother. Someone's sister-in-law is also his or her spouse's sister.

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