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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.

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Schwarzenegger’s mother, Maria Shriver, 63, is the niece of John F. Kennedy through her mother, Eunice Kennedy Shriver. Rachel Desantis,, "Katherine Schwarzenegger Claps Back at Troll Who Claims She Doesn't 'Do Stuff for Society'," 1 Sep. 2019 Written and directed by Jacob Estes, Don’t Let Go pairs Reid with fellow DuVernay collaborator David Oyelowo as a niece and detective uncle both helping each other prevent the other’s death in what seems to be different timelines. Marcus Jones,, "Storm Reid talks about her new Blumhouse film Don't Let Go, and teases Euphoria Season 2," 29 Aug. 2019 She is also survived by nieces Tammy Van Bogart, Cindy Carpenter & Pam Ammeter & nephew, Chad Tietge of Cedar Rapids area., "Deaths in South Florida: 8/22," 22 Aug. 2019 Rumsby’s wife is the great niece of one of those airmen., "Trial delayed for man charged with stealing World War II dog tags from National Archives in Maryland," 14 Aug. 2019 Angela Gipson, Keith Gipson’s niece, said when her family saw the post on the Henry Gipson Facebook account, they were stunned. al, "‘We’re just getting this place back in order:’ The next chapter at Gip’s will sing the juke joint’s gospel," 13 Aug. 2019 The person who supplied the erroneous name was Van Lew’s niece. Lois Leveen, Time, "She Was Born Into Slavery, Was a Spy and Is Celebrated as a Hero—But We're Missing the Point of the 'Mary Bowser' Story," 19 June 2019 This spring, her final cookbook, Happiness Is Baking—a compendium of her most beloved recipes pulled together by Maida’s niece and caretaker, Connie Heatter—came out from Little, Brown. Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit, "The Long and Happy Life of Maida Heatter," 7 June 2019 The niece's family is comfortable--all 5 kids go to private school and seem to travel plenty. The Washington Post, "Carolyn Hax Live: 'The cat is your guardian angel'," 25 Jan. 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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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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