from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A son of one's brother or sister or of the brother or sister of one's spouse.
- n. The illegitimate son of an ecclesiastic who has taken a vow of celibacy.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A son of one's sibling, brother-in-law, or sister-in-law; either a son of one's brother (fraternal nephew) or a son of one's sister (sororal nephew).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A grandson or grandchild, or remoter lineal descendant.
- n. A cousin.
- n. The son of a brother or a sister, or of a brother-in-law or sister-in-law.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A grandchild; sometimes, a more remote lineal descendant.
- n. A cousin.
- n. The son of one's brother or sister. This is now the usual meaning. Sometimes, in the interpretation of wills, the word is understood as including also ‘grandnephew.’
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a son of your brother or sister
Middle English neveu, nepheu, from Old French nevo, neveu, from Latin nepōs.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English nevew, neveu ("nephew, grandson"), from Old French neveu ("nephew, grandson"), from Latin nepōtem, accusative of nepōs ("nephew, grandson"), from Proto-Indo-European *nepot- (“grandchild, sister's son”). Cognate with Old English nefa ("nephew, grandson"). More at neve. (Wiktionary)