Definition of niece in US English:



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

    • ‘There are two brothers and their wives and seven nieces and nephews who will inherit everything.’
    • ‘Yesterday's journey south to visit my sister and nieces was an eventful one to say the least.’
    • ‘That is now, in turn, being taught to his own three sons, nephews and nieces.’
    • ‘When one of our children, nieces or nephews or close friend is killed or maimed by a drunk driver it will be too late.’
    • ‘Gerry is survived by his brothers, sister, nieces, nephews and other relatives.’
    • ‘He said he planned to share the money out with his nephews, nieces, grandnieces and his immediate family.’
    • ‘As well as her parents and sister, she leaves a niece Kim and nephew Josh.’
    • ‘My brother bought a kite for my niece and nephew and they joined in the fun.’
    • ‘The same level applies to other close family relations, such as brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews.’
    • ‘She is sadly mourned by nieces, nephews, many relatives and a wide circle of friends.’
    • ‘My mother, nieces, sister and sister in laws, gave me curious glances as I stood.’
    • ‘She is survived by her brothers, sisters, nephews, nieces and other relatives.’
    • ‘She was like a loving sister to many and a fantastic auntie to all her nieces and nephews.’
    • ‘I don't want my cousins, nieces and nephews are my daughter to idolise thugs.’
    • ‘Some of my family - my sisters, my nieces - haven't left their houses in the last four or five months.’
    • ‘Do uncles have special bonds with their nieces, which aunts have with their nephews?’
    • ‘Assembled were two of his brothers (we missed the third), two sons, five nieces and a nephew.’
    • ‘An only son, Hernandez helped take care of his mother, two sisters and two nieces.’
    • ‘However, she was well meaning and kind and brought up her niece as a second daughter.’
    • ‘We got the bus back to Folkestone, and then caught another one to Cheriton to visit my Brother and my little nieces.’
    relative, relation, blood relation, blood relative, family member, one's own flesh and blood, next of kin
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Middle English: from Old French, based on Latin neptis ‘granddaughter’, feminine of nepos ‘nephew, grandson’ (see nephew), from an Indo-European root shared by Dutch nicht, German Nichte.