Definitions for uncleˈʌŋ kəl
This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word uncle
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a brother of one's father or mother.
an aunt's husband.
a familiar title or term of address for any elderly man.
Category: Common Vocabulary, Informal
Ref: Uncle Sam.
Idioms for uncle:
say or cry uncle, to concede defeat.
Category: Idiom, Informal
Origin of uncle:
1250–1300; < OF < L avunculus mother's brother; akin to OE èam uncle, L avus grandfather
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"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
your mother's or father's brother, or the husband of your aunt
This is my uncle Charlie.
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
British National Corpus
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
Translations for uncle
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
the brother of a person's father or mother, or the husband of an aunt
He's my uncle; Hallo, Uncle Jim!
- عَم، خالArabic
- tioPortuguese (BR)
- der OnkelGerman
- عمو یا دایی؛ شوهر خاله یا شوهر عمهFarsi
- चाचा, मामा, फूफा, मौसाHindi
- föðurbróðir; móðurbróðir; frændiIcelandic
- 삼촌, 백부, 숙부Korean
- (fille)onkel, far-/morbrorNorwegian
- عمو یا دایی؛ شوهر خاله یا شوهر عمهPersian
- اكا، كاكا، تره، ماما، دترور مېړهPashto
- strýko, ujoSlovak
- ujak ili stricSerbian
- farbror, morbrorSwedish
- amca, dayıTurkish
- 伯父，叔父，舅父Chinese (Trad.)
- چچا، ماموں، خالو، پھوپھاUrdu
- chú, bác, cậu , dượngVietnamese
- 伯父，叔父，舅父Chinese (Simp.)
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