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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Reminds me of a funny comment a great-uncle shared, that as a boy he came home from school and proudly announced, "I'm the smartest one in the dumb row!"
Obama's great-uncle was part of an Army division that liberated the Ohrdruf forced labor camp, a subdivision of Buchenwald.
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.”
The oldest sister, Sarah, got greatly involved in tinsel painting and resurrected the stencils of their great-uncle, Bill Crowell.
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.
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.
My great-uncle Rudolf, his wife Magarete and their children Klara and Klaus-Martin, were some of the others.
Was my great-uncle Brendan related to St. Brendan, the intrepid Irish monk who may have sailed to Newfoundland in the eighth century?
Her great-uncle had wanted to marry a girl from Elmville way back when, and she ran away and was never seen again.
Every cousin, great-aunt, and great-uncle along the eastern seaboard was sitting on my sofa eating pizza and cake.