What does Uncle mean?

Definitions for Uncle
ˈʌŋ kəlun·cle

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Uncle.

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"

Wiktionary

  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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Unclenoun

    The father’s or mother’s brother.

    Etymology: oncle, Fr.

    Hamlet punishes his uncle rather for his own death, than the murther of his father. Shakespeare Illustrated.

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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British National Corpus

  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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Numerology

  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. Richard Brinsley Sheridan:

    There is nothing on earth so easy as to forget, if a person chooses to set about it. I'm sure I have as much forgot your poor, dear uncle, as if he had never existed; and I thought it my duty to do so.

  2. Steven Place:

    It seems that everyone and their uncle is betting that Twitter will be bought by another firm.

  3. Jeb Bush:

    You know, I'm not going to lie that, you know, it hurts. It stings, but, you know, my grandfather, my uncle and my dad, if they taught me anything on politics, you get back up and you fight again. And so, you know, I'm focused on my job in Texas.

  4. Michael Steel:

    The problem with using it against Joe Biden is the public has an image of him burned in over decades, goofy old Uncle Joe Biden, the moderate-seeming Democrat from Delaware and Obama's wingman.

  5. President Russ Brandon:

    As the 'Voice of the Bills,' Van's historic radio calls of Bills games over the years will forever resonate with our fans, his Hall of Fame and Wall of Fame talent was overshadowed only by his engaging personality, his witty sense of humor and his love for the Bills. We will all dearly miss 'Uncle Van,' but his legacy will remain deeply embedded in our franchise's history and in the hearts of his countless fans in Western New York and throughout the NFL community.

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