Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • Mr. Stafford said he was "definitely" surprised to hear that his nephew is alleged to have had a gun, but was thankful the incident didn't end in tragedy for him or Mr. Martinez.

    Teen Charged With Shooting Officer

  • I'm sure the nephew is also, as he has the typical democrat "it's all about me" attitude.

    A pricey proposal

  • It's considered "political" because the nephew is a delegate for Baltimore County.

    A pricey proposal

  • I am sure your nephew is an employee de confianza and not a member of the PEMEX union -- I was just talking about the union benefits.

    A second home

  • If you are a government official and your nephew is also your son-in-law, how can you resist giving him a job?

    What's Wrong With Fraternalism?, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • It has become especially worse as of late – due to the fact that my nephew is the ‘baby saint’.

    Survivor: Child Island | Her Bad Mother

  • ‘All Walter would say was that he should treat the case strictly on its merits without reference to what he called your nephew’s status — what a word!

    Maid in Waiting

  • Father was a WWII Veteran, I know several Vietnam Veterans and my nephew is a Veteran of the War in Iraq.

    Craig Mitchell Dix

  • This is now replaced as a common noun by the French word nephew, but it survives in the surname Neave.

    The Romance of Names

  • Our nephew is a very good businessman and he leaves nothing to chance.

    A second home

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