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From Middle English nece (“niece, granddaughter”), from Old French nece (“niece, granddaughter”) (Modern French nièce (“niece”)) from Vulgar Latin *neptia, representing Latin neptis (“granddaughter”), from Proto-Indo-European *nepot- (“grandchild, sister's son”). Akin to Old High German nift (“niece, granddaughter”) (German Nichte (“niece”)). Displaced native Middle English nyfte, nifte (“niece, granddaughter”) (from Old English nift (“niece, granddaughter”)).
- (Received Pronunciation) enPR: nēs, IPA(key): /niːs/
- (General American) enPR: nēs, IPA(key): /nis/
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- Rhymes: -iːs
- Homophones: Nice
niece (plural nieces)
- A daughter of one’s sibling, brother-in-law, or sister-in-law; either the daughter of one's brother ("fraternal niece"), or of one's sister ("sororal niece").
- My niece just celebrated her 15th birthday.
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|Declension of niece|