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nephew

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noun neph·ew \ˈne-(ˌ)fyü, chiefly British -(ˌ)vyü\

Simple Definition of nephew

  • : a son of your brother or sister

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of nephew

  1. 1 a :  a son of one's brother or sister or of one's brother-in-law or sister-in-law b :  an illegitimate son of an ecclesiastic

  2. 2 obsolete :  a lineal descendant; especially :  grandson

Origin of nephew

Middle English nevew, from Anglo-French nevou, neveu, from Latin nepot-, nepos grandson, nephew; akin to Old English nefa grandson, nephew, Sanskrit napāt grandson


First Known Use: 14th century


NEPHEW Defined for Kids

nephew

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noun neph·ew \ˈne-fyü\

Definition of nephew for Students

  1. :  a son of a person's brother or sister





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