uncle

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noun un·cle \ˈəŋ-kəl\

Definition of uncle

  1. 1a :  the brother of one's father or motherb :  the husband of one's aunt or uncle

  2. 2 :  one who helps, advises, or encourages

  3. 3 —used as a cry of surrender was forced to cry uncle

  4. 4 capitalized :  uncle sam

Examples of uncle in a Sentence

  1. I have three uncles and two aunts.

  2. My Uncle David is visiting next week.

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Origin and Etymology of uncle

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin avunculus mother's brother; akin to Old English ēam uncle, Welsh ewythr, Latin avus grandfather


First Known Use: 14th century



UNCLE Defined for English Language Learners

uncle

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Definition of uncle for English Language Learners

  • : 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


UNCLE Defined for Kids

uncle

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noun un·cle \ˈəŋ-kəl\

Definition of uncle for Students

  1. 1 :  the brother of a person's father or mother

  2. 2 :  the husband of a person's aunt



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