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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Jack is also survived by 17 nieces and nephews, all with their own unique relationship to their uncle., "John J. Hinchen," 8 Sep. 2019 Arm does what he's told, especially whenever Paudi's egomaniacal nephew, Dymphna (Barry Keoghan), who desperately wants his uncle's respect, demands it. Keith Uhlich, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Calm with Horses': Film Review | TIFF 2019," 7 Sep. 2019 Hughes' nephew did get out, and he was released on bail, but failed to keep up with the payments to the bond company. Collette Richards, CNN, "States are trying to change a system that keeps poor people in jail. The bail industry is blocking them.," 30 Aug. 2019 During the recent heat have, Licker had an 11-year old nephew visiting her in Washington. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "How Heat Waves Work (and Why They're Getting Worse)," 30 Aug. 2019 The final two men charged are Ammar al-Baluchi, Mr. Mohammed’s nephew, and Mustafa al Hawsawi. New York Times, "Trial for Men Accused of Plotting 9/11 Attacks Is Set for 2021," 30 Aug. 2019 Fortune's nephew, Jalin Fortune, has his own pitbull, two-year-old Baybee, whose temperament was noticeably different from Bullseye's. Kat Stafford, Detroit Free Press, "Chained and neglected: Detroit's dog problem persists despite child deaths," 28 Aug. 2019 Caesar famously marched at the head of the king’s funeral procession, irritating the king’s nephew Kaiser Wilhelm II, who felt that the dog upstaged both him and the corpse. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "Dog Days of Summer? Visit the New Museum of the Dog," 24 Aug. 2019 As a special prosecutor in 2012, Webb was asked to reopen the investigation into the death of David Koschman, who died after being punched in 2004 by then-Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley’s nephew. Michael Tarm, The Denver Post, "Special prosecutor named to look into Jussie Smollett case," 23 Aug. 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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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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