\ ˈnēs How to pronounce niece (audio) \
plural nieces

Definition of niece

: a daughter of one's brother, sister, brother-in-law, or sister-in-law

Examples of niece in a Sentence

If he's my uncle, then I'm his niece.
Recent Examples on the Web Why won’t the police let Chamberlain’s niece (a very affecting Angela Peel) talk to her uncle? Lisa Kennedy, Variety, 18 Nov. 2021 Investigators believe the elder Clare left Kentucky with his son and 16-year-old niece, Amber Clare, to drop off his son in the Nashville suburb of Gallatin. Fox News, 16 Nov. 2021 Former President Donald Trump's niece, and one of his frequent critics, Mary Trump, defended Big Bird and pointed out Cruz's vaccination status. Julia Cherner, ABC News, 8 Nov. 2021 Devose’s niece, Lashandra Storey, said her uncle was a nice, loving, outgoing person. Carol Robinson |, al, 28 Oct. 2021 Bieber is Baldwin's niece, the daughter of Alec's brother Stephen. Starr Bowenbank, Billboard, 25 Oct. 2021 Also, Jin’s (guest star Bobby Lee) niece (guest star Kaylee Hottle) asks him to speak at her school, unaware of his reputation. Los Angeles Times, 15 Oct. 2021 Ahmadi's niece, Malika, as well as her uncle, her seven cousins, and another child were killed in the strike. Oren Liebermann, CNN, 15 Oct. 2021 His explorations may lead to the finding of our young heroines, but his constant, prolonged absences mean that their care falls to his long-suffering niece, Sylvia, and her ever-practical nurse, Nana. Sarah Schutte, National Review, 10 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of niece

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for niece

Middle English nece granddaughter, niece, from Anglo-French nece, niece, from Late Latin neptia, from Latin neptis; akin to Latin nepot-, nepos grandson, nephew — more at nephew

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“Niece.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of niece

: a daughter of your brother or sister


\ ˈnēs How to pronounce niece (audio) \

Kids Definition of niece

: a daughter of a person's brother or sister

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