un·​cle | \ ˈəŋ-kəl How to pronounce uncle (audio) \

Definition of uncle

1a : 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

I have three uncles and two aunts. My Uncle David is visiting next week.
Recent Examples on the Web His father and uncle, Dre Bly, were both selected within the first three rounds of the NFL draft. Nick Alvarez | Nalvarez@al.com, al, 27 July 2022 Neighbors told CBS Chicago that Crimo lived there with his father and uncle. Graham Kates, CBS News, 6 July 2022 So that 12-year-old child molested by her father and uncle should carry that pregnancy to term? Timothy Bella, Washington Post, 26 June 2022 The education of Tony Alford as a father, uncle and coach continues. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland, 19 June 2022 At age 12, while her mother was visiting relatives in Texas, she was abused by her father and uncle. New York Times, 14 June 2022 Your children will feel extra-proud to show their dad, stepdad, father-in-law, uncle, grandfather, or beloved father figure a homemade work of art on June 19 this year. Elizabeth Berry, Woman's Day, 21 Apr. 2022 Rassas, who will attend Air Force to play lacrosse, learned lacrosse from his father and uncle. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, 6 Apr. 2022 My father and uncle planted a birch tree here at his burial in 1976. ELLE, 15 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of uncle

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for uncle

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

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“Uncle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uncle. Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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un·​cle | \ ˈəŋ-kəl How to pronounce uncle (audio) \

Kids Definition of uncle

1 : the brother of a person's parent
2 : the husband of a person's aunt or uncle

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