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Syllabification: a·vun·cu·lar
Pronunciation: /əˈvəNGkyələr

Definition of avuncular in English:


1Of or relating to an uncle.
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 manner
More 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.
2 Anthropology Of or relating to the relationship between men and their siblings' children.


mid 19th century: from Latin avunculus 'maternal uncle', diminutive of avus 'grandfather'.

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