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

Examples of nephew in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web She is survived by her husband of 18 years, Bill Jasman; her mother, Shar Stack; her brother, Craig Stack; half sister Lisa Andrews, and several nieces and nephews. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "Trenton Mayor Kyle Stack dies of heart attack weeks after reelection," 30 Nov. 2019 Davis said his nephew is Bumper Pool, a sophomore linebacker for the Hogs. Rachel Herzog, Arkansas Online, "Tailgaters happy for game in Little Rock," 30 Nov. 2019 She is also survived by two sisters, Marilyn (Prescott) Fabian and husband Ed of Manchester and Jean Prescott of East Hartford; a special uncle, Dennis Page and many nieces, nephews and extended family members., "Phyllis E. Shvonski," 29 Nov. 2019 And with so many great deals on Under Armour, your sports style is about to score a touchdown — or a three-pointer — or a moral victory over your still-gloating nephew. CNN Underscored, "Arm yourself for winter workouts with on-sale Under Armour during Black Friday," 29 Nov. 2019 Which is why this sale is perfect to load up on new sweaters and holiday garb, or as gifts for your nieces and nephews. Courtney Campbell, USA TODAY, "Carter's is having a massive Black Friday sale," 28 Nov. 2019 At 70, Boca Raton resident Allan Weitzman led a dozen of his nieces and nephews along with other family members to train and run in their first marathon. Gary Curreri,, "Boca Raton man, 70, leads family in first marathon," 27 Nov. 2019 Rita passed away in 2017, and her nephew and estate executor, Ron Roseman, made arrangements to sell the house and its contents. Anne Ryman, azcentral, "What you need to know about 'Woman-Ochre,' the $100M painting stolen from UA," 27 Nov. 2019 Aguilar, clad in his nurse’s scrubs after coming off work, was carrying a basket of laundry and a bag of snacks for his nieces and nephews when he was fatally shot late Tuesday, Alcazar said. Alice Yin,, "Family members, Little Village community vow justice after nurse shot to death," 15 Nov. 2019

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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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The first known use of nephew was in the 14th century

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“Nephew.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 13 December 2019.

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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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easily led, controlled, or managed

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