\ 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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In an interview published in the Cape Ann Sun in 1996, Edna Beaudoin, the home’s current caretaker and Stenman’s niece, said that no surface was safe from being plastered in paper. Jennifer Nalewicki, Smithsonian, "From Bottles to Newspapers, These Five Homes Were Built Using Everyday Objects," 17 Sep. 2019 In 1834, the two men became family when Armfield married Franklin's niece. Hannah Natanson, Anchorage Daily News, "They were once America’s cruelest, richest slave traders. Why does no one know their names?," 17 Sep. 2019 Holguin’s niece, Desire Perez, wrote on a GoFundMe page. Harriet Sokmensuer,, "Ex Is Accused of Killing Calif. Mom by Repeatedly Running Her Over in Front of Family," 11 Sep. 2019 Holland’s niece, Jerzie Wilkerson, and Schroeder threw out ceremonial first pitches that were caught by Counsell and Chicago manager Joe Maddon. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Tyrone Taylor thought he'd be working for FedEx. Instead, he's in majors for 1st time with Brewers," 7 Sep. 2019 Terry’s niece, Jordan Anchondo, and her husband Andre sacrificed their lives to protect their infant son. Andrew Romanoff, The Denver Post, "Romanoff: It’s not mental health causing these mass shootings and we need someone in the Senate who knows that," 12 Aug. 2019 Lauderdale; grandchildren, Michael C. Owens and wife, Lisa, Kenneth Veliky and Steven Veliky; brother, Nick Di Girolamo and wife, Joan of New Castle, DE; several nieces and nephews., "Deaths in South Florida: 6/16," 16 June 2019 The husband and his wife’s niece arrived home about 5:50 p.m. that day and found Minerva’s body on the floor, according to a South Florida Sun Sentinel story published in 1990. Marc Freeman,, "Burglars suffocated a mom while her baby sat in a crib. Murder trial is starting — 28 years later.," 4 June 2019 Cleopatra was the daughter of Ptolemy XII and Cleopatra V, who was either his sister or his niece. Nancy Bilyeau, Town & Country, "The Real People Who Inspired Game of Thrones," 10 Apr. 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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