\ ˈnēs How to pronounce niece (audio) \

Definition of niece

1 : a daughter of one's brother, sister, brother-in-law, or sister-in-law
2 : an illegitimate (see illegitimate sense 1) daughter of an ecclesiastic

Examples of niece in a Sentence

If he's my uncle, then I'm his niece.

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He is survived by mother Emilia, (Emily); sister Linda; brother Domenick, aunt Toni Lorusso; niece Daniella Zecchino and companion Joyce Kelson., "Deaths in South Florida: 7/7," 7 July 2019 Reached by Facebook and in person, Day’s sister and nieces declined to speak with The Oregonian/OregonLive., "A Mouseketeer mystery: Dennis Day’s extraordinary life and heartbreaking death," 6 July 2019 Her younger sister, brother-in-law, niece and nephew just left, and her cousins and their little one just arrived. Alicia Delgallo, Pro Soccer USA, "Quiet Alyssa Naeher forges own legacy as USWNT goalkeeper," 6 July 2019 Brooks, four of her sisters and Brittman's niece are all seeking at least $50,000 each. Minyvonne Burke, NBC News, "Wrong identification of injured man led family to take stranger off life support, lawsuit says," 5 July 2019 American families including those of consumer activist Ralph Nader’s great niece, have sued Boeing, along with a Rwandan family. Abdi Latif Dahir, Quartz Africa, "The Ethiopian Airlines 737 Max crash could warrant historic punitive damages against Boeing," 2 July 2019 In addition to her husband and mother, she is survived by her stepfather, James Mullisky, of Carbondale; a brother, Jameson Mullisky of Carbondale; a sister, Karen Roberts of Carbondale; and a niece. Frederick N. Rasmussen,, "Brenda L. Kahn, educator and academic coach, dies," 1 July 2019 Feeling shady! Kourtney Kardashian wore matching sunglasses with daughter Penelope, who turns 7 next month, and niece North, 6, in a new photo from the family’s recent Costa Rica vacation. Helen Murphy,, "Kourtney Kardashian Poses with Daughter Penelope, 6, & Niece North, 6, in Sweet Costa Rica Selfie," 29 June 2019 Dear Miss Manners: A niece on my husband's side is getting married, and my family (my husband, myself and our two daughters) did not get invited. Judith Martin, Washington Post, "Miss Manners: Does ex’s artwork spark joy?," 29 June 2019

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First Known Use of niece

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for niece

Middle English nece granddaughter, niece, from Anglo-French nece, niece, from Late Latin neptia, from Latin neptis; akin to Latin nepot-, nepos grandson, nephew — more at nephew

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English Language Learners Definition of niece

: a daughter of your brother or sister


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Kids Definition of niece

: a daughter of a person's brother or sister

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