What does uncle mean?

Definitions for uncle
ˈʌŋ kəlun·cle

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage 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.

Wikipedia

  1. Uncle

    U.N.C.L.E. is an acronym for the fictional United Network Command for Law and Enforcement, a secret international intelligence agency featured in the 1960s American television series The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and The Girl from U.N.C.L.E.. U.N.C.L.E. is an organization consisting of agents of all nationalities. Responsible for "maintaining political and legal order anywhere in the world", it is multinational in makeup and international in scope, protecting and defending nations regardless of size or political persuasion. U.N.C.L.E. operates in Communist and Third World countries the same way that it does in the Western nations. In the episode entitled "The Shark Affair," (episode 4 from season 1, from 1964) enforcement agent of U.N.C.L.E. Napoleon Solo reveals that U.N.C.L.E. is sponsored by the US, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Greece, Spain, Italy and Yugoslavia. Its primary opponent is the independent international criminal organization, THRUSH (Technological Hierarchy for the Removal of Undesirables and the Subjugation of Humanity).

ChatGPT

  1. uncle

    An uncle is a male individual who is a sibling of one's parent or married to one's parental sibling.

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.


    Submitted by dklajksdajsdaiuoiuoew on December 15, 2019  

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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. Chris Rupkey:

    Builders build and make dreams a reality, but this plan looks like a stretch because the country cannot afford to undertake massive new projects when the national debt is over $31 trillion, there are some interesting ideas here, but this is not the right time for bold plans that dream big. There’s no money left in Uncle Sam’s till to pay for big dreams and daring projects.

  2. Pooja Bohara:

    Society and some family members blame me. My uncle even suggested that I should be placed in a heap of straw and burnt to death, but my father was for justice, it is not our fault that we are raped. Victims should come out and tell their story to the courts and seek justice.

  3. Alveda King:

    Alveda King also shared this point of her uncle's :.

  4. Facebook Kramer:

    No one's asked me that before, and yes, I did. He was your uncle ?

  5. Elinor Mann:

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

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