One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A son of one's brother or sister, or of one's brother-in-law or sister-in-law.
relative, relation, blood relation, blood relative, family member, one's own flesh and blood, next of kinView synonyms
- ‘To Derek, Michelle and family and all his nieces, nephews, neighbours and friends.’
- ‘Do uncles have special bonds with their nieces, which aunts have with their nephews?’
- ‘He adores his nieces and nephews, but is unconcerned that he won't have children of his own.’
- ‘Prayers of the Faithful were read by Brendan, Alan and Karen, nephews and niece of the deceased.’
- ‘You are so much to so many people, husband, dad, son, brother, uncle, nephew and friend.’
- ‘On occasion his position became hereditary, sons, cousins, nephews succeeding.’
- ‘His children and nephews watch silently as the mammal's fat and rich, bloody meat is removed.’
- ‘My nieces and nephews in the same age group who knew the kids said the argument was over water.’
- ‘Unmarried women living with parents or siblings will take care of the parents or nephews and nieces.’
- ‘His is regretted by his brother, sisters, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.’
- ‘Mary excelled at knitting and produced many beautiful garments for her nieces and nephews.’
- ‘Many of her siblings and nieces and nephews have visited her since her move to Zimbabwe in the sixties.’
- ‘Your kids are like my own nieces and nephews and Devon has gotten to be like a brother.’
- ‘He is survived by his brother, sisters, nephews, nieces and by other relations.’
- ‘That was no surprise as she was a member of a family steeped in sport and she was always proud of the success of her nephews and nieces.’
- ‘He and his girlfriend, Diane McGarry, entertained a bundle of young nieces and nephews at Christmas.’
- ‘He also enjoyed the many family occasions of his nieces and nephews, who always took special care of him.’
- ‘He was also a doting uncle who could always be depended upon to looking after his treasured nieces and nephews.’
- ‘He also feels duty bound to promote not only his own children but also his nieces and nephews.’
- ‘She is also survived by many nieces and nephews, who were very special to her.’
Middle English: from Old French neveu, from Latin nepos ‘grandson, nephew’, from an Indo-European root shared by Dutch neef and German Neffe.
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