great-un·​cle ˈgrāt-ˈəŋ-kəl How to pronounce great-uncle (audio)

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Recent Examples on the Web His great-uncle was a baker in the Philippines during World War II. Caron Golden, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 May 2024 Cudahy sees the series, part of which will be included in his first U.S. museum survey, opening next month at the Ogunquit Museum of American Art in Maine, as something of a memorial to his great-uncle, in the same vein as his tribute to Russell. Coco Romack, New York Times, 12 Mar. 2024 Jason Holt showed Martin a photo of his great-uncle, PFC Thomas Coleman Hawkins (pictured right, with a friend). David Martin, CBS News, 25 Feb. 2024 When his great-uncle dies, Norman inherits the responsibility of enacting an annual ritual to protect the town from a 300 year old witch's curse. Danny Horn,, 6 Oct. 2023 Some, like Cohen’s great-uncle, had their number removed. Smithsonian Magazine, 25 Jan. 2024 In Luling, Yeni, her parents, aunts, and grandmother settled into a cramped house with a tin roof that was down the street from her great-uncles, the first members of the family to discover the town’s decent jobs, in the oil fields. Stephania Taladrid, The New Yorker, 8 Jan. 2024 Lyons is a third-generation family farmer, the heir to a farming dynasty that began when his great-uncle E. T. Mape came over from Ireland. Jake Bittle, WIRED, 6 Jan. 2024 One of Maram’s great-uncles, Fayez, is pushing a wheelchair carrying Maram’s ninety-year-old great-grandmother. Mosab Abu Toha, The New Yorker, 25 Dec. 2023

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First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of great-uncle was in the 15th century

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“Great-uncle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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