Definition of uncle in English:

uncle

noun

  • 1The brother of one's father or mother or the husband of one's aunt.

    ‘he visited his uncle’
    [as name] ‘tell me something interesting, Uncle’
    [as title] ‘Uncle Alfred’
    • ‘He is mourned by parents Aidan and Chris, proprietors, brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, and a host of friends.’
    • ‘Deepest sympathy is extended to his sons Micheal and Richard, mother Mary, brothers, uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces and a wide circle of friends.’
    • ‘She is survived by her father, mother, brother, grand-parents, aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends.’
    • ‘He will also be missed by numerous brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.’
    • ‘We're talking about our own family members - aunts, uncles, sisters, brothers grandparents, parents and children.’
    • ‘These relatives suffered the stress of living with the fact that they would not provide a bit of care, comfort and attention to their fathers or mothers, sisters or brothers, aunts or uncles.’
    • ‘Along with the children of the dead, there were the mothers and fathers, uncles and aunts, husbands and wives; except that in one case, there was neither husband nor wife.’
    • ‘These are our grandmothers and aunts and uncles and fathers and sisters and cousins and close friends.’
    • ‘She had the body of someone who worked for it, and as Lyn had seen all of her fat aunts, uncles, cousins, mother, father, and grandparents she knew what Noel was worried about.’
    • ‘I wish more grandparents, parents, aunts and uncles, brothers and sisters would set their stories down on tape for family, friends and future generations.’
    • ‘Can't her cousins and aunts and uncles and sisters and brothers and mother and father and friends have some time with her?’
    • ‘He is deeply regretted by his mother Catherine, brothers, sisters; aunts, uncles; in-laws, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.’
    • ‘She is mourned and sadly missed by her loving husband, children, mother, uncles, aunts, cousins, and all her relatives and friends.’
    • ‘They've invited me to their house parties where I met their parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, brothers, and sisters.’
    • ‘She is survived by her husband Patrick, son Sean, daughter Katie, brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts, relatives and friends.’
    • ‘The people who died were mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles, grandmothers, grandfathers and friends.’
    • ‘There are fathers, brothers and uncles and husbands and wives working for the company.’
    • ‘I have a loving mother, father, grandparents, uncles, aunts, family in general.’
    • ‘Numerous people wept for their friends, husbands, parents, uncles, aunts, cousins, siblings and in some distressing cases, young sons and daughters.’
    • ‘We are either fathers or mothers, aunts or uncles, grandfathers or grandmothers, the last category tending to have an exalted position in the hierarchy of affection for young children.’
    relative, relation, blood relation, blood relative, family member, one's own flesh and blood, next of kin
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    1. 1.1informal An unrelated older male friend, especially of a child.
      • ‘The only real explanation I can provide is that he looks like your gentle, friendly uncle.’
      • ‘My dad's best man was his closest friend, Rocky, who was basically an uncle to me.’
      • ‘He is more like your friendly neighbourhood uncle with a passion for sports.’
      • ‘We became uncles to the little boy and warm friends with the parents.’
    2. 1.2archaic, informal A pawnbroker.
      • ‘The English term of ‘my uncle’ as a euphemism for the pawnbroker dates back to the middle of the seventeenth century.’

Origin

Middle English: from Old French oncle, from late Latin aunculus, alteration of Latin avunculus maternal uncle (see avuncular).

Pronunciation:

uncle

/ˈʌŋk(ə)l/