niece

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noun \ˈnēs\

Definition of niece

  1. 1 :  a daughter of one's brother, sister, brother-in-law, or sister-in-law

  2. 2 :  an illegitimate (see illegitimate 1) daughter of an ecclesiastic

Examples of niece in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of 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


First Known Use: 14th century


NIECE Defined for English Language Learners

niece

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Definition of niece for English Language Learners

  • : a daughter of your brother or sister


NIECE Defined for Kids

niece

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noun \ˈnēs\

Definition of niece for Students

  1. :  a daughter of a person's brother or sister



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