grand·​un·​cle ˈgrand-ˈəŋ-kəl How to pronounce granduncle (audio)
: an uncle of one's father or mother

Examples of granduncle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Huston's father, director John Huston, directed the 1948 film Key Largo, which starred Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, and Drew's granduncle Lionel Barrymore. Emlyn Travis,, 28 Mar. 2023 From Shigeru Yoshida, the grandfather of current Finance Minister Taro Aso who signed the San Francisco Peace Treaty, to Eisaku Sato, Abe’s granduncle; Yasuhiro Nakasone, who oversaw the economic bubble years, and the maverick reformer Junichiro Koizumi. Toshiro Hasegawa,, 16 Sep. 2020 Prince Louis, whose full name is Louis Arthur Charles, is named after his great-granduncle Louis Mountbatten and King Charles. Town & Country, 8 Oct. 2022 His current favorite comes from vines that were given to his father by Benito Dusi, Janell Dusi’s granduncle. Washington Post, 10 Feb. 2022 His grandmother Eleanor Slatkin was the principal cellist with Warner Bros., while his granduncle was a pianist with the studio. Brian McCollum, Detroit Free Press, 27 Apr. 2022 Her great-granduncle, Gustave Niebaum, founded Inglenook Vineyards in 1879 and helped establish Napa Valley’s reputation for quality wine. Washington Post, 8 Oct. 2021 Elena is more empathetic than her granduncle, who was wise but a little harsher in his take on the human condition. Bill Keveney, USA TODAY, 10 Aug. 2021 Herb’s great-granduncle was the commanding officer of the 104th IL Infantry in the Civil War, and that relative’s grandson was killed in the Philippine Insurrection – for which he was honored by a gun battery in the Philippines bearing his name. Peter Aitken, Fox News, 29 May 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of granduncle was in the 15th century

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“Granduncle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2023.

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grand·​un·​cle ˈgran-ˈdəŋ-kəl How to pronounce granduncle (audio)
: an uncle of one's father or mother

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