uncle

noun un·cle \ ˈəŋ-kəl \

Definition of uncle

1 a : the brother of one's father or mother
b : the husband of one's aunt or uncle
2 : one who helps, advises, or encourages
3 used as a cry of surrender
  • was forced to cry uncle
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.

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



UNCLE Defined for English Language Learners

uncle

noun

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

noun un·cle \ ˈəŋ-kəl \

Definition of uncle for Students

1 : the brother of a person's father or mother
2 : the husband of a person's aunt


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