What does Uncle mean?

Definitions for Uncle
ˈʌŋ kəlUncle

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. unclenoun

    the brother of your father or mother; the husband of your aunt

  2. unclenoun

    a source of help and advice and encouragement

    "he played uncle to lonely students"


  1. unclenoun

    A brother or brother-in-law of someone's parent.

  2. unclenoun

    A companion to your (usually unmarried) mother.

  3. unclenoun

    A source of advice, encouragement, or help.

  4. unclenoun

    A pawnbroker.

  5. unclenoun

    A close male friend of the parents of a family.

  6. unclenoun

    an older male African-American person

  7. uncleinterjection

    A cry used to indicate surrender.

  8. Etymology: 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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Unclenoun

    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

  2. Unclenoun

    a pawnbroker

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Uncle

    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.]

Editors Contribution

  1. uncle

    The brother of one’s parent.

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Uncle

    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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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Uncle' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2931

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Uncle' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2593

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Uncle' in Nouns Frequency: #1173

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Uncle in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Uncle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of Uncle in a Sentence

  1. Harander Singh family:

    The attackers arrived on the stairs and started killing the women. My nephew shouted and said to me 'Uncle, please go downstairs', and when I tried to go downstairs, they shot my nephew in the head.

  2. Gwendolyn Berry:

    I just had to look at myself and say, ‘This could be my child. This could be my brother. This could be my uncle,'.

  3. Rose Marie:

    I did n’t know [ my father ] was working for Uncle Al Capone [ Capone ] years ago, evidently, he told my father, ‘ The boys want to meet her. The boys are crazy about her. ’ My father told him, ‘ She’s doing five shows a day, so it’s a little difficult. ’ But he said, ‘ We ’ll take care of it. Do n’t worry about it. ’.

  4. Joe Brusuelas:

    That's bad news for the economy, uncle Sam want a confident consumer to expense her income. We're just not seeing that right now.

  5. Chris Blanchard:

    I had them drive in and stop and shut the car off to look around, at that moment, I gave them the concerned parent/uncle speech. 'This is it. If you screw up, not wearing (a) seat belt, drink and drive, text, get distracted by music or friends, it's over! No second chances, no excuses, no retakes, no do-overs, no goodbyes. Dead.'.

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    the transportation of people (as a family or colony) to a new settlement (as after an upheaval of some kind)
    • A. equity
    • B. relocation
    • C. mediocrity
    • D. humility

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