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 The 4-year-old was left in the care of his uncle, Mario Jenkins, on Saturday and on Tuesday was reported missing. Jessika Harkay, courant.com, 4 June 2021 Maclean’s investigation into the death of his uncle. Washington Post, 3 June 2021 Islam Said harbored his father inside his Bedford apartment with the help of his uncle, Yassein Abdulfatah Said, according to authorities. Kevin Krause, Dallas News, 27 Apr. 2021 Recreating a full-size domestic interior reminiscent of the 1950s, film artist Lindsay McIntyre recalls the memory of her uncle, political activist Kiviaq, the first Inuk lawyer. Bernadette Driscoll Engelstad, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 Apr. 2021 After a year in Germany, Philip was put into the care of his uncle, George Mountbatten, second Marquess of Milford Haven, and enrolled at the Gordonstoun boarding school in Scotland (later attended by Prince Charles). Phil Boucher, PEOPLE.com, 9 Apr. 2021 Sharon Calhoun’s most fond memories of her uncle come from family gatherings. Christian Booher, Detroit Free Press, 23 Mar. 2021 Sadr is a sophomore at Canyon Crest Academy who decided to run as a co-candidate in the Students of the Year Campaign in honor of his late uncle. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Mar. 2021 Allen compared his relationship with Miller to that of an uncle. Josh Newman, The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 Mar. 2021

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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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The first known use of uncle was in the 14th century

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“Uncle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uncle. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of uncle

: the brother of your father or mother or the husband of your aunt
US, informal 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


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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