Definition of nephew in English:

nephew

noun

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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Your kids are like my own nieces and nephews and Devon has gotten to be like a brother.’
    • ‘You are so much to so many people, husband, dad, son, brother, uncle, nephew and friend.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Do uncles have special bonds with their nieces, which aunts have with their nephews?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Mary excelled at knitting and produced many beautiful garments for her nieces and nephews.’
    • ‘Prayers of the Faithful were read by Brendan, Alan and Karen, nephews and niece of the deceased.’
    • ‘She is also survived by many nieces and nephews, who were very special to her.’
    • ‘To Derek, Michelle and family and all his nieces, nephews, neighbours and friends.’
    • ‘Unmarried women living with parents or siblings will take care of the parents or nephews and nieces.’
    • ‘My nieces and nephews in the same age group who knew the kids said the argument was over water.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His is regretted by his brother, sisters, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.’
    • ‘He is survived by his brother, sisters, nephews, nieces and by other relations.’
    • ‘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

/ˈnɛfju//ˈnefyo͞o/