\ 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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Troy is survived by both of his parents, Timothy and Janet Shafer, a brother, Tim Shafer, and one niece, Samantha Shafer. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Nashville Flipped Star Troy Dean Shafer Passed Away Unexpectedly," 9 May 2019 Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana's five godparents included the niece of her late grandmother, Princess Diana. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Prince Louis' godparents named, including Prince William and Prince Harry's close friend, Nicholas van Cutsem," 9 July 2018 The couple also adopted Luke's two nieces, Jordan and Kris, and his nephew, Til, after his brother-in-law Ben passed away in 2014. Tamara Fuentes, Country Living, "Luke Bryan and His Wife Caroline Boyer Have the Most Relatable Love Story," 28 Mar. 2019 That’s where Samya Rose Stumo, a 24-year-old public-health researcher and the daughter of Mr. Nader’s niece, died along with 156 others when Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 went down. Andy Pasztor, WSJ, "With Personal Connection to Crash, Ralph Nader Takes on Boeing," 20 Mar. 2019 Oprah Winfrey, whose niece went to Miss Porter's School, and arts patron Agnes Gund, who's an alumni of Miss Porter's herself, have teamed up to curate and chair an art auction benefitting the school. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Watch Oprah Explain Why Art Is Important in This New Video," 22 Feb. 2019 The shooter murdered 12 people at the Borderline Bar & Grill during a college country night—including Alaina Housley, Mowry's 18-year-old niece who was a freshman at Pepperdine University. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Tamera Mowry Mourns Her Niece Alaina Housley Who Was Killed in the Thousand Oaks Shooting," 9 Nov. 2018 Helen leaves two siblings, her brother Chester Swider of West Suffield and her sister Ann Luczai of Broad Brook, along with large family of nieces and nephews and their children. Hartford Courant,, "Helen A. Calabrese," 11 July 2018 When the Sea Ray is tied to the dock, the younger of the Condons’ 11 grandchildren and 15 nieces and nephews play pirate ship on board. New York Times, "For Some in the Hamptons, It’s Not a Home Without a Dock," 18 May 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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Kids Definition of niece

: a daughter of a person's brother or sister

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