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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.
Recent Examples on the Web In Section 16, the usher is Jackie Robinson’s great-niece. Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times, "Jackie Robinson Day is ‘Uncle Jackie Day’ for one Dodgers employee," 16 Apr. 2021 Not his niece Shana, Peter Madoff's daughter, who also worked in the compliance department. Joe Nocera Bloomberg Opinion, Star Tribune, "Bernie Madoff left behind only misery and heartache," 15 Apr. 2021 For 21 years, Coleman served as the center’s curator, a position now held by her niece, Valarie Coleman, 44. Michael J. Solender, Smithsonian Magazine, "Photographer Andrew Feiler documented how the educational institutions shaped a generation of black leaders," 30 Mar. 2021 This last book by Trump’s niece, a psychologist, sold 950,000 on the first day, a record for its publisher Simon & Schuster. Michael J. Coren, Quartz, "Trump leaving office could change America’s reading habits," 10 Nov. 2020 President Donald Trump was sued by his niece Mary for allegedly conspiring with his brother and sister to defraud her of tens of millions of dollars using false documents and bogus loans. Erik Larson,, "Trump Sued by Niece Mary Alleging Family Defrauded Her," 24 Sep. 2020 Officials also define multigenerational households as a relative living with and caring for someone who is not their child, such as a niece, nephew or grandchild. oregonlive, "Scheduling website freezes up as masses try to snag COVID vaccine appointments at Portland International Airport Monday," 5 Apr. 2021 Walker died Friday of natural causes at an assisted living facility in North Smithfield, Rhode Island, according to her great-niece, Alyssa Kent., "Clara Lamore Walker, 1948 Olympic swimmer and masters record holder, dies," 2 Apr. 2021 Walker died Friday of natural causes at an assisted living facility in North Smithfield, Rhode Island, according to her great-niece, Alyssa Kent. Mark Pratt, ajc, "1948 Olympic swimmer, masters multiple record holder, dies," 2 Apr. 2021

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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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“Niece.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of niece

: a daughter of your brother or sister


\ ˈnēs How to pronounce niece (audio) \

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: a daughter of a person's brother or sister

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