\ 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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And in the same way Uncle Chuck pushed his young nieces and nephews to play soccer, teachers also must encourage their students, both men say. Lori Higgins, Detroit Free Press, "What soccer-loving uncle taught 2 top Michigan teachers," 13 July 2018 Sharon also leaves two sisters-Suzanne and her husband Bill Schreffler, as well as Marcia and her husband Nathaniel Lyman-along with nephews and nieces and their respective families., "Sharon E. Torrant," 8 July 2018 The information already out there paints a simple picture: Heimlich is guilty of molesting his niece and admitted as such in a court of law. Jon Tayler,, "There Is No Moral Justification for the Royals or Any Team to Sign Luke Heimlich," 26 June 2018 Backman, 22, died before any of these surviving nieces, nephews or second cousins were ever born. Denise Crosby, Aurora Beacon-News, "More than 76 years after Pearl Harbor, Fox Valley sailor finally laid to rest," 29 May 2018 His children Robert, Louise and Joanne, as well as most of his nephews and nieces, also compete at an elite level in jumping. Aly Vance, CNN, "John Whitaker: The 62-year-old eying the Tokyo Olympics," 29 May 2018 My daughter has been going there for over two years, along with our nephew and niece (who are the same age). Amy Dickinson,, "Mother worried about kids' safety with troubled teen," 9 May 2018 My oldest has been going there for over two years, along with our nephew and niece (who are the same age). Amy Dickinson,, "Mother is worried about children’s safety around troubled teen," 7 May 2018 Raven spies a giant kidnapping another shaman and sends his niece to defeat him. Anchorage Daily News, "‘Baby Raven Reads’ series of Alaska children’s books are a treasure worth sharing," 28 Apr. 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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to deposit or conceal in a hiding place

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