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niece

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Pronunciation: /niːs
 
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Definition of niece in English:

noun

A daughter of one’s brother or sister, or of one’s brother-in-law or sister-in-law.
Example sentences
  • Gerry is survived by his brothers, sister, nieces, nephews and other relatives.
  • The same level applies to other close family relations, such as brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews.
  • She is survived by her brothers, sisters, nephews, nieces and other relatives.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French, based on Latin neptis 'granddaughter', feminine of nepos 'nephew, grandson' (see nephew), from an Indo-European root shared by Dutch nicht, German Nichte.

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