\ ˈnēs How to pronounce niece (audio) \

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 In addition to his children, his sister Marian, of Mount Dora, Fla., and his nephew, Mr. Quinlan leaves two other sisters, Amalia of Buffalo, N.Y., and Helen Littlefield of Lowell; and a brother, Thomas, of New Bedford, and other nieces and nephews., "Mr. Quinlan presented a DNA match between tissue collected long ago from her fingernails and Dame, whom she had met in a country-western bar weeks before her murder.," 17 Sep. 2019 He is survived by his siblings, Susan (Sansevero), Christopher, Carole (Marko) and Tom, and by seven nieces and nephews., "Deaths in South Florida: 8/25," 25 Aug. 2019 Her business, which employs her sister and niece, will continue to run a kiosk in Newport Beach. Daily Pilot, "HIP District in Laguna Beach is becoming, well, more hip," 14 Aug. 2019 Ortiz said his mother, sister and niece were at the festival and helped some of those who were shot. Los Angeles Times, "At Gilroy Garlic Festival vigils, residents pray for peace," 29 July 2019 In Lancaster, another parolee was charged in the fatal stabbing of his sister and niece. NBC News, "6 killings in two months allegedly by people on parole in Pennsylvania prompt calls for review," 25 July 2019 In an interview published in the Cape Ann Sun in 1996, Edna Beaudoin, the home’s current caretaker and Stenman’s niece, said that no surface was safe from being plastered in paper. Jennifer Nalewicki, Smithsonian, "From Bottles to Newspapers, These Five Homes Were Built Using Everyday Objects," 17 Sep. 2019 In 1834, the two men became family when Armfield married Franklin's niece. Hannah Natanson, Anchorage Daily News, "They were once America’s cruelest, richest slave traders. Why does no one know their names?," 17 Sep. 2019 Holguin’s niece, Desire Perez, wrote on a GoFundMe page. Harriet Sokmensuer,, "Ex Is Accused of Killing Calif. Mom by Repeatedly Running Her Over in Front of Family," 11 Sep. 2019

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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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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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