\ 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 Police noticed the conditions in the home, where the woman lived with her husband and adult niece. Christine Dempsey,, "Officials condemn Wolcott house where woman, 12 cats, died; 41 cats and a dog survived," 10 May 2021 Most of it isn’t designed to be passed down to your daughter or niece, let alone make it through the laundry. Emily Farra, Vogue, "My ’90s Fashion Obsession? Thanks to My Mom, It’s Talbots," 7 May 2021 Her mother and niece were in Tapachula, Mexico, near the Guatemalan border. Jonathan Blitzer, The New Yorker, "A Mother, Separated from Her Children at the Border, Comes Home," 5 May 2021 Aside from a painting by her then two-year-old niece hanging in a place of pride in her WFH space, Skeen drew or painted most of the art. Katherine Singh,, "My Sunlit Studio In Toronto’s Fashion District Costs $2,024 Per Month," 4 May 2021 Tauber’s mother, Weissmandel’s niece, is still coming to grips with the news of her son’s death. Washington Post, "What we know about the Americans involved in the Israel stampede," 30 Apr. 2021 In addition to Ubaldo’s daughter, Aria — at the time a student at Cal State San Marcos — a sister in Poway and a niece in Orange County also taped donor pleas to their vehicles. Diane Bell Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Sign on car prompts stranger to donate a kidney," 27 Apr. 2021 With a niece and nephew involved in their share of athletics, weekends are chock-full of places to go and games to play. Pat Stoetzer,, "Stoetzer: Living life as a rec sports parent, if just for one day | COMMENTARY," 25 Apr. 2021 She was flanked by Taylor's niece and another of his caregivers, Rob Lynch, who befriended Taylor at Tampa's James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital. Mary Ramsey, The Courier-Journal, "Leaving a legacy: Veteran, Kentucky Colonel laid to rest in Louisville after 6-state journey," 19 Apr. 2021

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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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14 May 2021

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“Niece.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of niece

: a daughter of your brother or sister


\ ˈnēs How to pronounce niece (audio) \

Kids Definition of niece

: a daughter of a person's brother or sister

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