nephew

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From Middle English nevew, neveu (nephew, grandson), from Old French neveu (nephew, grandson), from Latin nepōtem (nephew, grandson), from Proto-Indo-European *népōts (grandchild, sister's son). Doublet of neve.

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nephew (plural nephews)

  1. 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).
    Synonym: neve (obsolete)
    Coordinate term: niece
    Hypernym: nibling
    Hyponyms: fraternal nephew, sororal nephew
  2. (archaic) A son of one's child.
    Synonym: grandson
    • 1567, Arthur Golding (translator), The XV Bookes of P. Ouidius Naso, entytuled Metamorphosis, Book 1,[1]
      Hir father many a time and oft would say my daughter deere,
      Of Nephewes thou my debtour art, their Graundsires heart to chéere.

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nephew

  1. Alternative form of nevew