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Syllabification: neph·ew
Pronunciation: /ˈnefyo͞o

Definition of nephew in English:


A son of one’s brother or sister, or of one’s brother-in-law or sister-in-law.
Example sentences
  • His is regretted by his brother, sisters, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.
  • He is survived by his brother, sisters, nephews, nieces and by other relations.
  • On occasion his position became hereditary, sons, cousins, nephews succeeding.


Middle English: from Old French neveu, from Latin nepos 'grandson, nephew', from an Indo-European root shared by Dutch neef and German Neffe.

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