\ ˈnēs \

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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But perhaps the cutest of Nick’s birthday messages came courtesy of his nieces, who wished him a happy birthday in an Instagram video from his sister-in-law, Danielle Jonas. Dan Barna, Glamour, "See Priyanka Chopra's PDA-Filled Birthday Tribute to Nick Jonas," 17 Sep. 2018 One of her nieces accepted the role of executor, according to the Associated Press. Travis M. Andrews, The Seattle Times, "Aretha Franklin died without a will, leaving her estate’s future uncertain," 3 Sep. 2018 My mom is still here, cousins and nieces and nephews. Michael Osipoff, Post-Tribune, "Carolina Panthers defensive tackle Kawann Short on youth camp: 'Giving back has always been in my heart'," 9 July 2018 First lady Eleanor Roosevelt stands beside him, along with two of her nieces, Diane Roosevelt, 8, and Amy Roosevelt, 6, according to Roosevelt biographer Geoffrey C. Ward. Michael E. Ruane, Washington Post, "A newly discovered film shows Franklin D. Roosevelt, who had polio, walking," 27 June 2018 Some of my nieces married guys who absolutely love it. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Cabin life up north is a summer generational ritual in Wisconsin," 13 June 2018 But the story’s seasonal significance comes with Maigret’s intervention in the fate of that exploited and neglected young niece, a Christmas gift as beautiful as any ever brought by a wise man to a manger. Tom Nolan, WSJ, "Mysteries: Tales to Warm a Cold Winter’s Night," 21 Dec. 2018 The designer has only ever designed wedding gowns for his daughter, daughter-in-law, and niece in the past, and Chopra marks the first wedding looks he's designed for a celebrity. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Everything You Need to Know About Priyanka Chopra's Wedding Dresses," 4 Dec. 2018 Yesterday in Century City, the reality star enjoyed an afternoon of retail therapy with her sister Kourtney and niece Penelope, ditching her beloved neutrals for a neon color scheme and python Yeezy mules. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Kim Kardashian Makes it Official: Sporty Shield Sunglasses are the Shape of the Moment," 8 Aug. 2018

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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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: a daughter of a person's brother or sister

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