avuncular

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

Definition of avuncular

  1. 1 :  of or relating to an uncle

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

avuncularity

play \ə-ˌvəŋ-kyə-ˈla-rə-tē, -ˈler-ə-\ noun

avuncularly

play \ə-ˈvəŋ-kyə-lər-lē\ adverb

Examples of avuncular in a sentence

  1. a man known for his avuncular charm

Did You Know?

Not all uncles are likeable fellows (Hamlet's murderous Uncle Claudius, for example, isn't exactly Mr. Nice Guy in Shakespeare's tragedy), but "avuncular" reveals that, as a group, uncles are generally seen as affable and benevolent, if at times a bit patronizing. Avuncular derives from the Latin noun avunculus, which translates as "maternal uncle," but since at least the 1830s English speakers have used "avuncular" to refer to uncles from either side of the family or even to individuals who are simply uncle-like in character or behavior. And in case you were wondering, "avunculus" is also an ancestor of the word uncle itself.

Origin and Etymology of avuncular

Latin avunculus maternal uncle — more at uncle


First Known Use: 1831


AVUNCULAR Defined for English Language Learners

avuncular

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

Definition of avuncular for English Language Learners

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


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