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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.
Recent Examples on the Web She also is survived by several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews. Jason Hanna And Tina Burnside, CNN, "Anne Cox Chambers, media heiress and former US ambassador, has died at 100," 31 Jan. 2020 Stinson is survived by his wife, Chipo; his daughter, Cearra; his niece, Mia; and his sister, Joyce. Talis Shelbourne, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee schools lobbyist dead after being struck by sheriff's deputy in 'unfortunate' accident," 27 Jan. 2020 Here the musical Morkan sisters, Julia and Kate, live with their niece, Mary Jane. The Economist, "Few tidings of comfort and joy Forget “A Christmas Carol”—“The Dead” is the greatest Christmas story," 2 Dec. 2019 He is also survived by his brother, Daniel Rising, of Feeding Hills, MA as well as many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews across the country., "Deaths in South Florida: 10/27," 27 Oct. 2019 Grandchildren Zachary, Logan, Vanessa, Jessica, Jason, Marcie and Katie, as well as 11 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews., "Deaths in Central Florida: 9/27," 27 Sep. 2019 A few years ago, a man proposed to Dean’s niece on set. Jennifer Percy, Harper's magazine, "The Skinning Tree," 20 Jan. 2020 Your child must: Be your son or daughter (including adopted, step and foster children); brother or sister (including half and stepsiblings); or a descendant of them, such as a grandchild, niece or nephew. Kristen Doerer, ProPublica, "What Is the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), and Do I Qualify for It?," 17 Jan. 2020 At various times over the years, Mangold family members working at Casco have included children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, cousins, and Mangold’s youngest son, Samuel Mangold-Lenett, a recent UC graduate. Melinda Zemper,, "Product innovation, employee loyalty help Casco thrive for 60 years," 16 Jan. 2020

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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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The first known use of niece was in the 14th century

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“Niece.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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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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