grand·​neph·​ew ˈgran(d)-ˈnef-(ˌ)yü How to pronounce grandnephew (audio)
 chiefly British  -ˈnev-
: a grandson of one's brother or sister

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web ProPublica last month detailed years of private plane and yacht trips Thomas accepted from billionaire Harlan Crow, property Crow purchased from the justice and his family, and private school tuition that Crow paid for Thomas’s grandnephew. Zoe Tillman,, 16 May 2023 ProPublica also reported that Crow bought three Georgia properties, including the home where Thomas’s mother resides, from the justice and his relatives, and also paid private school tuition for a Thomas grandnephew. Bloomberg Wire, Dallas News, 9 May 2023 The latest investigation from the news organization found that Crow paid for two years of tuition at private schools for Thomas' grandnephew, which the justice did not disclose on financial disclosure forms. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, 9 May 2023 The senior associate justice, along with his family, sold property to Crow, accepted trips on Crow’s private jet and luxury yachts and allowed Crow to pay the private school tuition of a grandnephew. John Fritze, USA TODAY, 6 May 2023 May 4: ProPublica reported that Crow paid private school tuition for Thomas’ grandnephew, who the justice became legal custodian for when the boy was 6 years old. Staff, Dallas News, 12 May 2023 Crow also paid for the private school tuition of Thomas's grandnephew. John Fritze, USA TODAY, 10 May 2023 Supreme Court Top Senate Democrats are pushing for new ethics rules in the wake of a new ProPublica report that revealed a GOP megadonor paid the school tuition for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’ grandnephew. Alexandra Meeks, CNN, 5 May 2023 Crow also bought Thomas’s childhood home, where his mother still lives, and paid the private boarding school tuition for Thomas’s grandnephew. Tori Otten, The New Republic, 5 May 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1596, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of grandnephew was in 1596

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“Grandnephew.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2023.

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grand·​neph·​ew -ˈnef-(ˌ)yü How to pronounce grandnephew (audio)
: a grandson of one's brother or sister
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