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ˈnɛf yu; esp. Brit. ˈnɛv yunephew

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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.

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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  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. Neil Gorsuch:

    You embarrassed me in front of my nephew, and he loves it.

  2. 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.

  3. Robin Rinearson:

    The inspiration was my nephew Jake, who this place is named after.

  4. Aylan Kurdi:

    Yes, my nephew did change the world for politicians; they think of humanity.

  5. 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.

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