\ 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.

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Charlie and Josephine are survived by nieces and nephews. Deasia Paige, Detroit Free Press, "Widow of Hall of Fame Tigers 2B Charlie Gehringer dies at 100," 5 July 2018 Luna saw the game at the brewery with his siblings, and nieces and nephews. Gustavo Solis,, "San Diegans watch Mexico get eliminated from World Cup," 2 July 2018 Burial will be private for Ms. Shaw, who was beloved by many nieces and nephews, her sister said. J.m. Lawrence,, "Kathy Shaw, who tirelessly tracked clergy sex abuse for blog, dies at 72," 29 June 2018 Frank is survived by his wife Sandy, three brothers and a sister, five children, eight grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Eric Adler, kansascity, "Kate Spade's 'heartbroken' father, 89, dies night before his daughter's funeral," 21 June 2018 Baker, who would be 84 years old today, is survived by younger brother, Victor Baker, 80, of Gary, and a sister, Emma Brown, 82, of Atlanta, Ga., along with nieces and nephews. Carole Carlson, Post-Tribune, "Missing for 67 years, homecoming Saturday for Gary soldier," 21 June 2018 Over time, Mount Vernon came to be packed with young people — Jacky’s offspring, as well as collections of step-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Gregory S. Schneider, Washington Post, "How not being a father made George Washington the father of his country," 16 June 2018 His parents, other siblings and nieces and nephews, packed the courtroom. Kate Brumback, Houston Chronicle, "Extradited from Mexico, cartel leader gets nearly 50 years," 11 June 2018 He will also be fondly remembered by his three grandsons Maximilian, Alexander, and Leo; by his brothers Jerry (Shirley) and Gene (Ann); and by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Orlando Sentinel,, "Deaths in Central Florida: 5/27," 27 May 2018

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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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of or relating to a parable or parabola

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