One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A daughter of one's brother or sister, or of one's brother-in-law or sister-in-law.
relative, relation, blood relation, blood relative, family member, one's own flesh and blood, next of kinView synonyms
- ‘He said he planned to share the money out with his nephews, nieces, grandnieces and his immediate family.’
- ‘An only son, Hernandez helped take care of his mother, two sisters and two nieces.’
- ‘Yesterday's journey south to visit my sister and nieces was an eventful one to say the least.’
- ‘Assembled were two of his brothers (we missed the third), two sons, five nieces and a nephew.’
- ‘There are two brothers and their wives and seven nieces and nephews who will inherit everything.’
- ‘She was like a loving sister to many and a fantastic auntie to all her nieces and nephews.’
- ‘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?’
- ‘The same level applies to other close family relations, such as brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews.’
- ‘My brother bought a kite for my niece and nephew and they joined in the fun.’
- ‘We got the bus back to Folkestone, and then caught another one to Cheriton to visit my Brother and my little nieces.’
- ‘That is now, in turn, being taught to his own three sons, nephews and nieces.’
- ‘As well as her parents and sister, she leaves a niece Kim and nephew Josh.’
- ‘However, she was well meaning and kind and brought up her niece as a second daughter.’
- ‘She is survived by her brothers, sisters, nephews, nieces and other relatives.’
- ‘I don't want my cousins, nieces and nephews are my daughter to idolise thugs.’
- ‘She is sadly mourned by nieces, nephews, many relatives and a wide circle of friends.’
- ‘Gerry is survived by his brothers, sister, nieces, nephews and other relatives.’
- ‘When one of our children, nieces or nephews or close friend is killed or maimed by a drunk driver it will be too late.’
- ‘My mother, nieces, sister and sister in laws, gave me curious glances as I stood.’
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.
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