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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Our mixed gendered wedding crews wore coastal colors, and my new adorable nephew donned a bowtie. Tessa Fontaine, Glamour, "After Losing My Mom, I Didn't Know How to Be a ‘Bride’," 12 May 2018 Because some people bring their little nephews who are five years old. Mackenzie Cummings-grady, Billboard, "Matt and Kim on Overcoming Kim's Leg Injury and Their Dark But Hopeful New Album," 4 May 2018 Now his new nephew has pushed him even further away from the crown, to sixth place. Kate Samuelson, Time, "Here's How Kate Middleton and Prince William's Royal Baby Just Changed the Succession to the British Throne," 23 Apr. 2018 He is survived by brothers Daniel, Corwin (Kristine), Alan (Jane), and Eldon (Marilene), brothers-in-law Terry (Vicki) and Tim (Katreice), in-laws Paul and Delores Phillips, and numerous nieces and nephews., "Deaths in Central Florida: 7/14," 14 July 2018 She will be greatly missed by her grandchildren, Elizabeth and Colin Leach and many nieces and nephews., "Deaths in South Florida: 7/11," 11 July 2018 My mom is still here, cousins and nieces and nephews. Michael Osipoff, Post-Tribune, "Carolina Panthers defensive tackle Kawann Short on youth camp: 'Giving back has always been in my heart'," 9 July 2018 Prince Harry is already Uncle Harry to his nieces and nephews. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "The Royal Christening Quiz You Have to Take Before Prince Louis's Baptism," 8 July 2018 Luna saw the game at the brewery with his siblings, and nieces and nephews. Gustavo Solis,, "San Diegans watch Mexico get eliminated from World Cup," 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 \

Kids Definition of nephew

: a son of a person's brother or sister

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to reject or criticize sharply

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