\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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Willis introduced her to her son, Hank, and to her niece, the curator Kalia Brooks Nelson. Dodie Kazanjian, Vogue, "Painter Elizabeth Colomba Is Giving Art’s Hidden Figures Their Close-Up," 10 Oct. 2018 Also in attendance were the Barbara's mother, former first lady Laura Bush, her brother-in-law Henry Chase Hager, and her nieces, who served as flower girl and ring-bearer. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Barbara Bush Wore a Simply Stunning Wedding Dress by Vera Wang," 8 Oct. 2018 One of Barzee's nieces, Tina Mace, said her aunt's testimony against Mitchell seemed like a turning point but that her mental state appears to have changed in prison. Lindsay Whitethurst, Fox News, "Woman who helped kidnap Elizabeth Smart released from prison," 19 Sep. 2018 After Izaiah received the package, Lucy's nieces, who live with Izaiah, wrote her a letter for the very first time. Erin Quinn-kong, Woman's Day, "This Texas Organization Uses Books to Reconnect Female Prison Inmates With Their Children," 23 Aug. 2018 Trump was joined in the Oval Office by Stallone, current heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, and Johnson's great-great niece Linda Bell Haywood, among others. Jennifer Hansler, CNN, "Trump posthumously pardons heavyweight boxer Jack Johnson," 24 May 2018 He is survived by his son, Dennis Price; daughter, Sherrie Peters; brother, James Price; brother-in-law, Lester Carter; grandchildren, Katelyn & Sean Zimmerman, Rachel & Zachary Peters, and nieces & nephews., "Deaths in South Florida: 7/4," 4 July 2018 The aunt said her sister and niece disappeared from El Salvador in February. Rob Kuznia, Washington Post, "Fleeing domestic violence in El Salvador, mother’s asylum quest in U.S. is complex," 1 July 2018 The one bright spot for Mr. Sayyed in the camp is the children, including his 2-year-old nephew, Salah, and toddler twin nieces. Hwaida Saad, New York Times, "Memories Lost and Futures on Hold: A Look Inside a Camp for Syria’s Displaced," 11 July 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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