neph·​ew | \ ˈne-(ˌ)fyü How to pronounce nephew (audio) , chiefly British -(ˌ)vyü \
plural nephews

Definition of nephew

1 : a son of one's brother, sister, brother-in-law, or sister-in-law
2 obsolete : a lineal (see lineal sense 3) descendant especially : grandson

Examples of nephew in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There to help him get his affairs in order are his sister-in-law, his nephew, and his primary caregiver, who is from Laos. The New Yorker, 10 Jan. 2022 Thompson, nephew and grandson to two mayors, is charged with tax offenses stemming from the collapse of a bank in the Daleys’ Bridgeport neighborhood. Megan Crepeau,, 7 Jan. 2022 Berta Fernanda Sampaio—the suspect's nephew and two nieces. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 2 Jan. 2022 Dev Patel stars as Gawain, King Arthur's nephew and a brash young knight who runs afoul of the mysterious emerald title character one Christmas and embarks on a quest of honor, consequence and mortality. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 28 Dec. 2021 The family statement reads: Sam Collington – our son, brother, nephew, and cousin - was and is our hero, and this senseless act crushes us. Fox News, 1 Dec. 2021 Pastor Elmer Yarborough, who lost a cousin and nephew in two separate shootings last year in Portland, runs Black Boys Live that strives to build relationships with youths in elementary and middle schools. oregonlive, 5 Nov. 2021 Ruiz Gutierrez chopped marigold stems and handed them to a nephew and her son, who stuck them onto an arch made from stalks of sugar cane. Los Angeles Times, 1 Nov. 2021 Ricarlo Flanagan was a loving son, grandson, cousin, nephew and friend with many amazing talents. NBC News, 13 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of nephew

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for 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

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English Language Learners Definition of nephew

: a son of your brother or sister


neph·​ew | \ ˈne-fyü How to pronounce nephew (audio) \

Kids Definition of nephew

: a son of a person's brother or sister


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