Definition of uncle
1a : the brother of one's father or motherb : 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
I have three uncles and two aunts.
My Uncle David is visiting next week.
Recent Examples of uncle from the Web
Familial relationships that will not be considered close enough to merit entry into the U.S. are, but are not limited to, fiancés, grandparents, grandchildren, aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews, cousins, and brothers and sisters-in-law.
Jamie's sister and brother-in-law will welcome several children, including a son named Ian who is particularly close with his uncle.
Anyway, the Night King and his minions came to the cave and killed Hodor and Summer; Bran and Meera escaped with the aid of Bran’s uncle Benjen, who had been turned White Walker then unturned with help from the Children of the Forest.
Danticat wrote about the deaths of her father and her uncle, and how the Haitian diaspora both fractured and rallied her family.
Shedrick Jackson's great-uncle Bo is one of Auburn's most iconic figures.
On April 27, 2011, Knox's uncle Major Raymond G. Estelle II was killed in a shooting at Kabul International Airport in Afghanistan.
Gicante and the victim’s uncle, Stephen L. Sellaro, went to the house to check on Geddes.
He is also survived by his children Abbi Cooley and Karsen Cooley; Girlfriend Amy Donahue; Maternal Grand Parent and several aunts, uncles, cousins, and close friends.
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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 centurySee Words from the same year
UNCLE Defined for English Language Learners
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
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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