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: a daughter of one's brother, sister, brother-in-law, or sister-in-law
: an illegitimate (see illegitimate sense 1) daughter of an ecclesiastic
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14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1
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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: a daughter of your brother or sister
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: a daughter of a person's brother or sister
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