\ 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 Her sister and niece's cases have been approved, but her brother-in-law, a Georgian citizen, has yet to receive authorization to travel to the U.S. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, 3 June 2022 Yet Nikolov expressed his gratitude at being given a safe haven from the fighting in his home country, where his mother, father, older sister and niece still live. Julie Jag, The Salt Lake Tribune, 28 May 2022 Before rendering the verdict, Mays heard testimony from Thomas’ sister and niece. Alex Mann, Baltimore Sun, 21 Apr. 2022 Expanded from a 2008 novella to a full-length, two-part novel published in English in 2020, Breasts and Eggs slows in pace when Natsuko’s focus shifts from mediating conflict between her sister and niece to inspecting her own repressed dreams. Farah Abdessamad, The Atlantic, 12 Apr. 2022 Since the war started, Kushnir’s sister and niece have gone to Poland, but her parents and brother-in-law are still there. Alexandra Kukulka,, 8 Apr. 2022 Attorneys for Matthew confirmed to PEOPLE that Halyna's sister and 3-year-old niece were able to make it to the Romanian border and are trying to evacuate. Benjamin Vanhoose,, 18 Mar. 2022 In the show, van Rhijn lives with her sister and niece on Sixty-first Street, next to Central Park. Sheelah Kolhatkar, The New Yorker, 21 Feb. 2022 His most vulnerable family members -- including his mother, pregnant sister and 2-year-old niece -- plus many other Afghans Moulton's team had worked with made it safely into the airport and onto a flight out of Afghanistan. Drew F. Lawrence, CNN, 22 Jan. 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 26 Jun. 2022.

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\ ˈnēs How to pronounce niece (audio) \

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: a daughter of a person's brother or sister

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