avunculate

noun avun·cu·late

Definition of avunculate

plural

-s

  1. 1 :  a special relationship obtaining among some tribal peoples between a nephew and his maternal uncle

  2. 2 :  authority of a man over his sister's family affairs but especially over her children and the reciprocal rights and responsibilities associated therewith — compare amitate

There's more!

Love words? You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!
Already a subscriber? Log in.

Origin and Etymology of avunculate

Latin avunculus + English -ate


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up avunculate? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

an incorrigible rascal

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!