One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An uncle of one's mother or father.
- ‘Apparently my brother looks an awful lot like one of the great-uncles.’
- ‘In the Native American language Fox, uncles, great-uncles, and nephews are all called by the same term.’
- ‘He had learned his trade from a great-uncle, whose father had worked for the crowned heads of Europe before the evil plagues of Communism, Fascism and Socialism had swept most of them away.’
- ‘Also in the room are stone blocks that belonged to Tracy's father and paper dolls made by her great-uncle, as well as a whimsical German Noah's ark and several black rag dolls.’
- ‘For a while he lived with his great-uncle and great-aunt, while his mother and grandmother worked for rich white families, in what he says were ‘considered prime jobs’ for blacks in the those days.’
- ‘His grandfather and great-uncles had also served the Emperor.’
- ‘Another of his great-uncles was called Richard, whose son drowned as a small child and whose wife was so upset by the loss she ended up in a mental asylum.’
- ‘When she was younger her mother had shown her photographs of her great-uncle and told stories of him.’
- ‘They tried to convince Walter that his two great-uncles were thieves, and that Walter should tell them where the money was hidden.’
- ‘As if all that weren't enough, Ross has a host of uncles and aunts, great-uncles and great aunts all thinking the world of him, too - as well as all his father Paul's relatives.’
- ‘Jacob's Gift is a family album, containing portraits of the author's mother and two remoter relatives, great-uncles.’
- ‘There are four pictures of her mum, plus her great-grandfather, her great-gran and two great-uncles.’
- ‘Their thoughts are on their neighbours and families, with great-uncles figuring prominently in a couple of stories.’
- ‘Well, I have a photo of those two great-uncles, probably from around 1919.’
- ‘Maybe it was just the fact that I grew up near the ‘old home places’ but I knew a great-uncle and a great-aunt when they were well into their nineties.’
- ‘You reported that a couple of the great-uncles involved had drunk driving arrests.’
- ‘It's that month where you get to see all the family you never you knew you had - the intolerable cousins, the favorite aunt, the grandparents, nieces, nephews, uncles and even the great-uncle you thought had died last year.’
- ‘Technically, they are great-aunts and great-uncles, but when talking about them or addressing them directly, I call them aunt or uncle.’
- ‘She said: ‘I didn't know much about my great-uncle, he died so young and was the oldest of my grandmother's brothers.'’
- ‘In 1998 I visited the graves of two of my great-uncles in Northern France.’
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