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. uncle(noun)

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

  2. uncle(noun)

    a source of help and advice and encouragement

    "he played uncle to lonely students"

Wiktionary

  1. uncle(Noun)

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

  2. uncle(Noun)

    A companion to your (usually unmarried) mother.

  3. uncle(Noun)

    A source of advice, encouragement, or help.

  4. uncle(Noun)

    A pawnbroker.

  5. uncle(Noun)

    A close male friend of the parents of a family.

  6. uncle(Noun)

    an older male African-American person

  7. uncle(Interjection)

    A cry used to indicate surrender.

  8. 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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Uncle(noun)

    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. Uncle(noun)

    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.]

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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.”

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

How to pronounce Uncle?

  1. Alex
    Alex
    US English
    Daniel
    Daniel
    British
    Karen
    Karen
    Australian
    Veena
    Veena
    Indian

How to say Uncle in sign language?

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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. Elinor Mann:

    The The Simpson names dies with this ship and Uncle Pete.

  2. Sherrod Jackson:

    Uncle Martin, as I knew him, deemed my mother the Movement Cook.

  3. Desmond Gardner Desmond Gardner:

    All I could do was hold on tight, tell my uncle I loved him and pray.

  4. Young Hawley:

    My mother said, 'If it was good enough for daddy and Uncle Mills, it's good enough for him.

  5. Asema Dahir:

    They killed my uncle and took my cousin's wife who had only just married eight days earlier.

Images & Illustrations of Uncle

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