\ ˈnēs How to pronounce niece (audio) \
plural nieces

Definition of niece

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

Examples of niece in a Sentence

If he's my uncle, then I'm his niece.
Recent Examples on the Web As for loss, my niece, my mom and I have all miscarried. cleveland, 10 May 2022 The encore started with the singer paying tribute to his niece, Molly Vedder, who's set to graduate from Arizona State University this week and blew off a graduation event to see her uncle rock a sports arena. Ed Masley, The Arizona Republic, 10 May 2022 Hurtado’s 5-month-old nephew, Calyx Hurtado, and 18-month-old niece, Cataleya Hurtado, died in the fire, police said. Mackenzie Maysstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 7 May 2022 Judge Hansell, in a black tuxedo and skullcap, walked arm in arm with his niece, Kara Aron, and nephew, Grant Hansell. New York Times, 6 May 2022 Today, Mona Woodward’s niece, Agnes Woodward, remains active in the movement for missing and murdered Indigenous people. Washington Post, 5 May 2022 Today, Mona Woodward’s niece, Agnes Woodward, remains active in the movement for missing and murdered Indigenous people. Cecilia Nowell, Anchorage Daily News, 5 May 2022 In 1692, a group of young girls, including Parris’ own daughter, Betty, and his niece, Abigail, began to bark like dogs and contort their bodies after allegedly attempting to divine their future. Brooklyn White, Essence, 29 Apr. 2022 The niece, who declined to spell her name for a reporter, said Thomas’ physical condition made Jordan’s attack unforgivable. Alex Mann, Baltimore Sun, 21 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of niece

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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 25 May. 2022.

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\ ˈnēs How to pronounce niece (audio) \

Kids Definition of niece

: a daughter of a person's brother or sister

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