neph·​ew | \ˈne-(ˌ)fyü, 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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Tlaib secured the nomination in the 13th District with more than 33 percent of the vote, very narrowly edging out Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones and Conyers’s great nephew, state Sen. Ian Conyers. Li Zhou, Vox, "Rashida Tlaib is one of the first Muslim-American women elected to Congress," 7 Nov. 2018 Aaron Eckhart Eckhart plays Gregg Moffatt, Anushka's American nephew, who came to Paris and never left. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "The Cast of Matthew Weiner's New Show The Romanoffs Is Stacked With Stars," 12 Oct. 2018 Meghan will no doubt be over the moon to hear that her nephew, Tyler Dooley, has been signed up for a brand new MTV reality show titled The Royal World—a clever twist on old school show, The Real World, geddit? Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle's Nephew Tyler Dooley Has Been Cast in New MTV Reality Show 'The Royal World'," 9 Oct. 2018 An Emperor's Hand and Jedi Master, Jade was Luke's wife who, in the old (now-discarded) Star Wars canon, was killed by her own nephew Jacen Solo (who's sort of the spiritual predecessor of Kylo Ren). Adam Schubak, Popular Mechanics, "Everything We Know So Far About Star Wars Episode IX," 17 Sep. 2018 Aside from her husband and three children, Coleman's uncle, nephew, mother-in-law, father-in-law and sister-in-law also died. Eileen Reslen, Country Living, "Duck Boat Tragedy Survivor Recounts Her Horrifying Experience: 'I Thought I Was Dead'," 23 July 2018 USA TODAY Duchess Meghan opted for an olive ensemble for Monday's christening of nephew Prince Louis, her first royal baptism since marrying Prince Harry. Jayme Deerwester, USA TODAY, "Duchess Meghan wears olive Ralph Lauren dress to baptism of Prince Louis," 9 July 2018 But Andira Abdelaziz’s defense attorney, Mike McCrum, said the woman’s nephew had inflicted physical and mental abuse upon her during their secret three-year romantic relationship, according to the news station. Jeff Truesdell,, "Texas Aunt and Nephew Were Having an Affair When She Fatally Stabbed Him," 4 June 2018 Wong's nephew, Don Lee, partnered with Google on the project. Abby Jones, Billboard, "Google Doodle Honors Oscar-Winning Cinematographer James Wong Howe," 25 May 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 \

Kids Definition of nephew

: a son of a person's brother or sister

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