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avuncular

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adjective avun·cu·lar \ə-ˈvəŋ-kyə-lər\

Simple Definition of avuncular

  • : like an uncle : kind or friendly like an uncle

Full Definition of avuncular

  1. 1 :  of or relating to an uncle

  2. 2 :  suggestive of an uncle especially in kindliness or geniality <avuncular indulgence>

avun·cu·lar·i·typlay \ə-ˌvəŋ-kyə-ˈla-rə-tē, -ˈler-ə-\ noun
avun·cu·lar·lyplay \ə-ˈvəŋ-kyə-lər-lē\ adverb

Examples of avuncular

  1. a man known for his avuncular charm



Origin of avuncular

Latin avunculus maternal uncle — more at uncle


First Known Use: 1831

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