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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His father, John, is Mario Andretti’s nephew and Aldo Anderetti’s son. Jenna Fryer, The Seattle Times, "Jarrett Andretti to fulfill father’s wish to race at Indy," 12 Apr. 2019 The scariest of Justin's stalker incidents occurred back in 2012 when uncle-and-nephew duo, Mark Staake and Tanner Ruane, were arrested for a plot to murder and castrate the singer with garden sheers, according to The Atlantic. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Justin Bieber's Craziest Stalker Stories," 27 Mar. 2019 Eventually, Octavian, Caesar’s grand-nephew and adopted heir, would rise from the chaos as Augustus, the first emperor of Rome. Jill Gleeson, Country Living, "So, What Exactly Are the Ides of March?," 15 Mar. 2019 Cesar Oliver, Manuel Oliver’s nephew, showed a tattoo of Joaquin on his arm. Steven Lemongello,, "Parkland students, families bring 'Road to Change' tour to Orlando," 14 July 2018 The newborn was placed on the bed and looked after by one of Clark’s nephews. Scott Craven, azcentral, "Born of tragedy, newborn elk triumphs thanks to kindness of strangers," 12 July 2018 Eight new acquisitions — gifts from the artist’s nephew, Ken Hakuta — form the core of this small exhibition of roughly 20 art objects and a variety of ephemera. Cate Mcquaid,, "Nam June Paik turned technology into art — and vice versa," 11 July 2018 Fun fact: He was named after former NBA point guard Mookie Blaylock and the nephew to former MLB player Terry Shumpert. OF Mike Trout, Angels Appearance: Seventh. Scott Boeck, USA TODAY, "MLB All-Star Game rosters: Red Sox, Astros, Yankees dominate AL; upstart Braves get 4 NL stars," 8 July 2018 Besides his niece, Father Nevins is survived by nephews Matthew and Michael Rinehart. Bonnie L. Cook,, "John J. Nevins, 86, Catholic priest known as 'Rev. Nev'," 26 June 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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