Definition of uncle
- was forced to cry uncle
I have three uncles and two aunts.
My Uncle David is visiting next week.
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First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
: the brother of your father or mother or the husband of your aunt
—used as a word that you say when you are being hurt in a fight to show that you admit being defeated and do not want to continue fighting
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