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

Definition of nephew

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

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Businessman Guo Wengui said in 2017 that HNA was secretly owned by a high-ranking Communist Party official and his nephew. Cezary Podkul, WSJ, "HNA Plans to Drop Defamation Suit Against Exiled Businessman Guo Wengui," 6 Mar. 2019 Anne was spotted at the reception chatting with her nephew Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Princess Anne Supported Her Brother at the 50th Anniversary of Prince Charles's Investiture Today," 5 Mar. 2019 Being the millionth person to take a photo of a vista or monument doesn’t feel very special, but snapping one along with, say, the little fennec fox my nephew gave me a few years ago is the best. Annie Daly, SELF, "16 Ways to Stay Mentally Healthy When You Travel A LOT, From People Who Do It," 6 Dec. 2018 Etheridge had started arguing with Hicks over her nephew moving into her home, said a police report from the Bay County Sheriff’s Office. Crystal Hill, miamiherald, "Mom and son got into an argument. She used her gun to get the ‘last word,’ Florida deputies say," 19 June 2018 This isn't the first time Kennedy, who is Robert F. Kennedy's grandson and JFK's great-nephew, has shown his support for Warren. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Joe Kennedy III Will Reportedly Endorse Elizabeth Warren at Her Presidential Announcement This Weekend," 8 Feb. 2019 Princess Diana's nephew and Prince Harry and William's cousin. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Meet Louis Spencer, the Young, Hot, Eligible Nephew of Princess Diana," 6 Feb. 2019 Dassey, Avery's nephew, was found guilty of assisting in Halbach's murder. Jennifer Walter, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Motion filed by Steven Avery's lawyer to add evidence to Halbach murder case; Avery names two new suspects in affidavit," 7 July 2018 The men, who were uncle and nephew, were found Sunday night by citizens. Tina Terry, ajc, "Uncle and nephew killed in boating accident on North Carolina lake," 2 July 2018

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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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