I have 3 older sisters (I am the youngest). if I was speaking to a French person and I had to differentiate between my 3 sisters without saying their names, how would I describe them?

I know there is "ma sœur aînée. ma deuxième sœur aînée. mon troisième aîné” - but I imagine there would be a specific word for each level of sibling?

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Ma sœur ainée might be considered ambiguous as there are more than one.

I would say: L'ainée de mes sœurs, la deuxième, la troisième.

There are also specific words: l'ainée de mes sœurs, la cadette, la benjamine.

They are however less used nowadays, especially benjamine.

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