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 someone's 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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Etymology and Origins
How this name came to be applied to a pawnbroker was as follows:--Before the “spout” was introduced all those pledges which consisted of clothing were attached to a very large book, or uncus as it was called, conformably to the Latin description of the article, since the Lombards were the earliest pawnbrokers of history. When this uncus could accommodate nothing more, the rope from which it depended was unslung from the ceiling, and laid across the shoulders of an assistant, who then carried the whole collection to the store-rooms overhead. Hence an article which had been pledged was said to have “Gone to the Uncus,” or, as the modern phrase has it, “Gone to my Uncle’s.”
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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
Examples of Uncle in a Sentence
Uncle Ben With great power, comes great responsibility.
The The Simpson names dies with this ship and Uncle Pete.
Uncle Martin, as I knew him, deemed my mother the Movement Cook.
All I could do was hold on tight, tell my uncle I loved him and pray.
My mother said, 'If it was good enough for daddy and Uncle Mills, it's good enough for him.
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Translations for Uncle
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- 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
- 아저씨, 삼촌Korean
- 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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