nephew

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noun neph·ew \ˈne-(ˌ)fyü, chiefly British -(ˌ)vyü\

Definition of nephew

  1. 1a :  a son of one's brother or sister or of one's brother-in-law or sister-in-lawb :  an illegitimate (see illegitimate 1) son of an ecclesiastic

  2. 2 obsolete :  a lineal (see lineal 3) descendant; especially :  grandson

Origin and Etymology of nephew

Middle English nevew, from Anglo-French nevou, neveu, from Latin nepot-, nepos grandson, nephew; akin to Old English nefa grandson, nephew, Sanskrit napāt grandson


First Known Use: 14th century


NEPHEW Defined for English Language Learners

nephew

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noun neph·ew \ˈne-(ˌ)fyü, chiefly British -(ˌ)vyü\

Definition of nephew for English Language Learners

  • : a son of your brother or sister


NEPHEW Defined for Kids

nephew

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noun neph·ew \ˈne-fyü\

Definition of nephew for Students

  1. :  a son of a person's brother or sister



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