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Definitions for nephew
ˈnɛf yu; esp. Brit. ˈnɛv yunephew

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word nephew.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. nephewnoun

    a son of your brother or sister


  1. nephewnoun

    A son of one's sibling, brother-in-law, or sister-in-law; either a son of one's brother (fraternal nephew) or a son of one's sister (sororal nephew).

  2. Etymology: From nevew, neveu, from neveu, from nepotem, accusative of nepos, from nepot-. Cognate with nefa. More at neve.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. NEPHEWnoun

    Etymology: nepos, Latin; neveu, French.

    Immortal offspring of my brother Jove;
    My brightest nephew and whom best I love. Dryden.

    I ask, whether in the inheriting of this paternal power, the grandson by a daughter, hath a right before a nephew by a brother? John Locke.

    With what intent they were first published, those words of the nephew of Jesus do plainly enough signify, after that my grand-father Jesus had given himself to the reading of the law and the prophets, and other books of our fathers, and had gotten therein sufficient judgment, he proposed also to write something pertaining to learning and wisdom. Richard Hooker, b. v. s. 21.

    Her sire at length is kind,
    Prepares his empire for his daughter’s ease,
    And for his hatching nephews smooths the seas. Dryden.

    All the sons of these five brethren reign’d
    By due success, and all their nephews late,
    Even thrice eleven descents the crown retain’d. Fairy Q.


  1. nephew

    In the lineal kinship system used in the English-speaking world, a niece or nephew is a child of someone's sibling or sibling-in-law (and would view that person as an aunt or uncle). A niece is female and a nephew is male. The term nibling has been used in place of the common, gender-specific terms in some specialist literature.As aunt/uncle and niece/nephew are separated by one generation, they are an example of a second-degree relationship. They are 25% related by blood.


  1. nephew

    A nephew is a male relative who is the son of one's sibling or spouse's sibling.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Nephewnoun

    a grandson or grandchild, or remoter lineal descendant

  2. Nephewnoun

    a cousin

  3. Nephewnoun

    the son of a brother or a sister, or of a brother-in-law or sister-in-law

  4. Etymology: [OE. neveu, nevou, nevu, fr. F. neveu, OF. also, nevou, L. nepos; akin to AS. nefa, D. neef, G. neffe, OHG. nevo, Icel. nefi a kinsman, Gr. ne`podes, pl., brood, young, Skr. nept grandson, descendant. 262. Cf. Niece, Nepotism.]


  1. Nephew

    Nephew is a Danish rock band, formed in 1996, in Århus. They had their breakthrough in 2004 with the release of their second album USADSB. The release coincided with lead singer Simon Kvamm's highly successful appearances on Danish television in the cult comedy show Drengene fra Angora, which helped boost the band's popularity. USADSB went double platinum in Denmark and spawned six hit singles. The band uses an unusual mixture of Danish and English in their lyrics; they started singing mostly in English with just a few Danish lyrics, but gradually, they have been using Danish more frequently in their songs. The band considers Depeche Mode as one of its major influences.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Nephew

    nev′ū, or nef′ū, n. the son of a brother or sister: (orig.) a grandson (so in New Test.):—fem. Niece. [O. Fr. neveu—L. nepos, nepotis, grandson, nephew; A.S. nefa, Ger. neffe, nephew.]

Editors Contribution

  1. nephew

    The son of one’s sibling.

    Submitted by dklajksdajsdaiuoiuoew on December 15, 2019  

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Nephew is ranked #21288 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Nephew surname appeared 1,231 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Nephew.

    73.9% or 910 total occurrences were White.
    12.2% or 151 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    8.5% or 105 total occurrences were Black.
    3% or 37 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.5% or 19 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    0.7% or 9 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of nephew in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of nephew in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of nephew in a Sentence

  1. Matthew Taylor:

    The Yantis family feel excessive force was used not only on the father but on the wife and nephew. She has stated she was threatened and her nephew threatened.

  2. Terrence Howard:

    I am glad I can show the African-American community this is what you are doing to your son, this is what you are doing to your nephew, this is what you are doing to the kid down the street.

  3. 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.

  4. Alexis Kraft:

    She had went down the hill. She had my 3-year-old nephew on with her. She saw the tree coming. Her first instinct was to put her foot down and flip the sled so my nephew wouldn’t get hurt. She hit the tree. Her heart stopped on the way to the hospital, everyone’s calling her a hero. But that was my baby.

  5. Terrence Howard:

    I'm glad that I can show the African-American community that this is what you're doing to your son, this is what you're doing to your nephew, this is what you're doing to the kid down the street.

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    a deliberately offensive act or something producing the effect of deliberate disrespect
    • A. efface
    • B. affront
    • C. emanate
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