from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A brother of one's grandparent. Also called granduncle.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The brother or brother-in-law of one’s grandparent; the uncle of one's parent.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. an uncle of one's father or mother.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The brother of a grandfather or grandmother. In Great Britain generally granduancle.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an uncle of your father or mother


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  • Obama's great-uncle was part of an Army division that liberated the Ohrdruf forced labor camp, a subdivision of Buchenwald.

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  • Joanna died in a violent robbery when I was three, and I continued to live with my great-aunt and great-uncle for two more years, before I was adopted by Kathryn, the only person I think of as “Mom.”

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  • The oldest sister, Sarah, got greatly involved in tinsel painting and resurrected the stencils of their great-uncle, Bill Crowell.

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  • When childhood tales of that great-uncle never returning from post-war Soviet imprisonment pulsed again in his mind as they had done, faintly though steadily, since he'd arrived in the city, Connie laid down his knife and fork and brought a hand up to his chin, hoping his arm would be enough to obstruct the Goethe-Institut emblem across his chest.

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  • Riga gave them this, especially Connie, who knew it not as the Latvian capital but rather as the infamous postmark from which the final letter from a long-lost great-uncle was mailed in 1944.

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  • My great-uncle Rudolf, his wife Magarete and their children Klara and Klaus-Martin, were some of the others.

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  • Was my great-uncle Brendan related to St. Brendan, the intrepid Irish monk who may have sailed to Newfoundland in the eighth century?

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  • Her great-uncle had wanted to marry a girl from Elmville way back when, and she ran away and was never seen again.

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  • Every cousin, great-aunt, and great-uncle along the eastern seaboard was sitting on my sofa eating pizza and cake.

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