great-neph·​ew ˈgrāt-ˈnef-(ˌ)yü How to pronounce great-nephew (audio)
 chiefly British  -ˈnev-

Examples of great-nephew in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The great-nephew of Diego Maradona moved from Godoy Cruz in Argentina to the South Bay for the hefty price of $6 million. Joseph Dycus, The Mercury News, 4 May 2024 The injury didn’t deter from his robe-carrying duties, and Queen Camilla’s Page of Honor cohort was rounded out by her great-nephew, Arthur Elliot. Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 20 Mar. 2024 The great-nephew of Foulweather Jack was killed by a cannonball in Corsica, the upshot being that Byron was now the heir presumptive to a title. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, 26 Feb. 2024 Meanwhile, their devoted great-nephew, Archie, is counting on the excursion to rekindle his romantic relationship with a Paris antiques dealer. Karen MacPherson, Washington Post, 21 Jan. 2024 Alexander’s great-nephew, a journalist named Thomas Harding, interviewed Brigitte while working on a book about his uncle’s search for Rudolf. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, 4 Jan. 2024 Cottrell is survived by two sisters — Suzy and Gigi Cottrell — plus nephew Jeremy Allen and great-nephew Gregory Allen, per Variety. Jen Juneau, Peoplemag, 3 Jan. 2024 Saperstein is survived by her brother, Alan Saperstein; her nephew, Stephen Saperstein; her niece, Cathy Saperstein; her great-nephew, David Saperstein; and her dog, Koko. Valerie Wu, Variety, 22 Dec. 2023 Tracy Cole, a great-nephew of legendary singer and jazz pianist Nat King Cole, was stabbed to death in Atlanta on Thursday, according to multiple reports. Michael Lee Simpson, Peoplemag, 20 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1580, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of great-nephew was in 1580

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“Great-nephew.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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