- 1Of or relating to an uncle.More example sentences
- We never fully understand, for instance, what goes on inside the head of Melanie's obsessively ship-making brother, Jonathan, or whether Uncle Philip's fascination with the boy goes beyond the avuncular.
- Flodden also created a Scottish regency crisis in which Henry dusted off the old Edwardian claims to suzerainty and combined them with his own avuncular relationship to James V to claim the regency for his sister.
- 1.1Kind and friendly toward a younger or less experienced person: an avuncular mannerMore example sentences
- The playwright, who at 48 is 15 years Lane's senior, has an avuncular attitude towards the actor, who in turn looks at him with obvious respect.
- His friendly avuncular bearded figure was recognised throughout the town.
- Since he had put the point in a friendly, avuncular way, I asked him about something that had long puzzled me.
mid 19th century: from Latin avunculus 'maternal uncle', diminutive of avus 'grandfather'.
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