the brother of your father or mother; the husband of your aunt
a source of help and advice and encouragement
"he played uncle to lonely students"
A brother or brother-in-law of someoneu2019s parent.
A companion to your (usually unmarried) mother.
A source of advice, encouragement, or help.
A close male friend of the parents of a family.
an older male African-American person
A cry used to indicate surrender.
Origin: uncle, from uncle, from oncle, from avunculus, diminutive of avus, from awo-. Displaced native Middle English eam (from Old English eam "maternal uncle", compare Old English fædera "paternal uncle") from the same root. More at eme.
the brother of one's father or mother; also applied to an aunt's husband; -- the correlative of aunt in sex, and of nephew and niece in relationship
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
ung′kl, n. the brother of one's father or mother: an old man generally: a pawnbroker.—n. Un′cleship, the state of being an uncle.—Uncle Sam, the United States or its people.—Talk like a Dutch uncle (see Dutch). [O. Fr. (Fr. oncle)—L. avunculus, extension of avus, a grandfather.]
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'uncle' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2931
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'uncle' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2593
Rank popularity for the word 'uncle' in Nouns Frequency: #1173
The numerical value of uncle in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of uncle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Uncle Ben With great power, comes great responsibility.
'A merry Christmas, uncle God save you' cried a cheerful voice. 'Bah' said Scrooge. 'Humbug'
Whenever I start getting sad about where I am in my life, I think about the last words of my favorite uncle A truck
At that time black servicemen were pretty much relegated to menial type work and my uncle didn't want to do that, but he was aware of the Tuskegee Experiment and how important it was.
I feel guilty, first of all, the situation was difficult, more than you can imagine. How can your nephew be taken from your hand? How can you face your brother or your uncle? What would you tell them?
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Translations for uncle
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- عم, خالArabic
- əmi, dayıAzerbaijani
- дзядзька, дзядзяBelarusian
- чичо, стрико, калеко, свако, вуйчоBulgarian
- ཨ་ཞང, ཨ་ཁུTibetan Standard
- eontr da-heul, eontrBreton
- tio, oncleCatalan, Valencian
- strýček, strýcCzech
- farbror, onkel, morbrorDanish
- Onkel, OheimGerman
- tɔɖe, wɔfa, tɔgãEwe
- دائی, خالو, عموPersian
- setä, eno, enopuoli, kummisetä, setäpuoliFinnish
- tonton, oncleFrench
- omme, omkeWestern Frisian
- uncail, bràthair-athar, bràthair-màtharScottish Gaelic
- चाचा, ताया, मामा, अंकलHindi
- հորեղբայր, քեռիArmenian
- paman, omIndonesian
- föðurbróðir, móðurbróðirIcelandic
- немере ағаKazakh
- akkaq, akka, angaKalaallisut, Greenlandic
- apo, مام, خاڵKurdish
- patruus, avunculusLatin
- tēvocis, tēva brālis, mātes brālisLatvian
- чичко, вујко, стрико, тетинMacedonian
- വല്യച്ചന്, അമ്മാവന്, മാമന്, ചെറിയച്ചന്Malayalam
- काका, मामाMarathi
- pakcik, bapa saudaraMalay
- oompje, suikeroom, oom, pandjesbaas, nonkelDutch
- adáʼí, azhéʼéyázhí, ayáázh, abízhíNavajo, Navaho
- oncle, quenqueOccitan
- stryjek, wuj, stryj, wujekPolish
- aug, barbaRomansh
- дядька, дядя, ростовщикRussian
- tziu, tiu, ciuSardinian
- čeahci, máhka, eahki, eanuNorthern Sami
- tečo, ujak, amidža, чико, чика, čika, течa, течо, чичa, даиџа, stric, tetak, teča, čiča, daidža, čiko, тетак, стриц, ујак, амиџаSerbo-Croatian
- stric, dundoSlovene
- ungji, fajdexhi, xhaxha, dajë, bacëAlbanian
- ingift, onkel, morbror, mor, svåger, farbror, farSwedish
- பெரியப்ப, சிதப்பTamil
- amca, enişte, dayıTurkish
- bác, chú, cậuVietnamese
- ziom, hiterVolapük
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