AskDefine | Define niece

Dictionary Definition

niece n : a daughter of your brother or sister [ant: nephew]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

  • /niːs/, /ni:s/
  • Rhymes: -iːs

Homophones

Etymology

Via and (modern: nièce), ultimately from Latin neptis

Noun

  1. A daughter of someone’s sibling, brother-in-law, or sister-in-law; either or one's brother ("fraternal niece") or of one's sister ("sororal niece").

Translations

fraternal or sororal niece

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Swedish

Noun

niece

Extensive Definition

For the band, see Nephew (band)
Nephew is a term referring to the son of one's sibling. Sons of siblings-in-law are also informally referred to as nephews, even though there is no blood relation. The word nephew is derived from the French word neveu.
  • Nephew = son of your sister or brother.
  • Niece = daughter of your sister or brother.
  • Nephew(-in-law) = son of your sister-in-law or brother-in-law.
  • Niece(-in-law) = daughter of your sister-in-law or brother-in-law.

See also

  • For details of this and other family relationships, see the entry at cousin.

References

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

aunt, auntie, blood brother, brethren, brother, bub, bubba, bud, buddy, country cousin, cousin, cousin once removed, cousin twice removed, daughter, father, first cousin, foster brother, frater, grandnephew, grandniece, granduncle, great-aunt, great-uncle, half brother, kid brother, mother, nephew, nuncle, nunks, nunky, second cousin, sis, sissy, sister, sister-german, sistern, son, stepbrother, stepsister, unc, uncle, uncs, uterine brother
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