Definition of nephew in US English:

nephew

noun

  • A son of one's brother or sister, or of one's brother-in-law or sister-in-law.

    • ‘She is also survived by many nieces and nephews, who were very special to her.’
    • ‘My nieces and nephews in the same age group who knew the kids said the argument was over water.’
    • ‘He is survived by his brother, sisters, nephews, nieces and by other relations.’
    • ‘To Derek, Michelle and family and all his nieces, nephews, neighbours and friends.’
    • ‘Your kids are like my own nieces and nephews and Devon has gotten to be like a brother.’
    • ‘He was also a doting uncle who could always be depended upon to looking after his treasured nieces and nephews.’
    • ‘Prayers of the Faithful were read by Brendan, Alan and Karen, nephews and niece of the deceased.’
    • ‘He also enjoyed the many family occasions of his nieces and nephews, who always took special care of him.’
    • ‘Mary excelled at knitting and produced many beautiful garments for her nieces and nephews.’
    • ‘His is regretted by his brother, sisters, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.’
    • ‘He and his girlfriend, Diane McGarry, entertained a bundle of young nieces and nephews at Christmas.’
    • ‘Do uncles have special bonds with their nieces, which aunts have with their nephews?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Unmarried women living with parents or siblings will take care of the parents or nephews and nieces.’
    • ‘His children and nephews watch silently as the mammal's fat and rich, bloody meat is removed.’
    • ‘He also feels duty bound to promote not only his own children but also his nieces and nephews.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Many of her siblings and nieces and nephews have visited her since her move to Zimbabwe in the sixties.’
    • ‘He adores his nieces and nephews, but is unconcerned that he won't have children of his own.’
    relative, relation, blood relation, blood relative, family member, one's own flesh and blood, next of kin
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Origin

Middle English: from Old French neveu, from Latin nepos ‘grandson, nephew’, from an Indo-European root shared by Dutch neef and German Neffe.

Pronunciation

nephew

/ˈnefyo͞o//ˈnɛfju/