Definition of 'uncle'

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They came to Europe with their aunt and uncle. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Being an aunt and uncle is great and that's what we decided to do. The Sun (2017)It just kind of came down and picked off certain people here and there... cousins and aunts and uncles and my father very particularly. The Sun (2016)Their surviving fathers and uncles cannot easily be passed over. Times, Sunday Times (2012)We got passed to brothers and uncles. Times, Sunday Times (2011)His uncle was also one of the greats. Times, Sunday Times (2009)You would miss my aunt and uncle. George Eliot Daniel Deronda (1876)Her mother had an uncle and they got in contact with him. Times, Sunday Times (2012) My uncle and my godparents love me more than my own father. Nightingale, Carl Husemoller On the Edge: A History of Poor Black Children and Their American Dreams (1993)Another aunt and uncle and her brother often visited but she was deeply lonely and sometimes confused. Times, Sunday Times (2014)An uncle who was also one of my uncles! Times, Sunday Times (2013)Uncle and aunt have moved back up north to have another go after her affair. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The humour depends on your relationship with uncle and aunt. Times, Sunday Times (2008)The cousins and aunts and uncles left behind? Charles Glass The Tribes Triumphant (2006)My husband 's uncle is a minister and married his partner years ago. Christianity Today (2000)He now seemed an old bachelor, more like a distant uncle than a husband or father. Adam Sisman The Friendship: Wordsworth and Coleridge (2006)She chose the first, as her father and uncles had done. Times, Sunday Times (2009)That was my mother, my uncles. Times, Sunday Times (2008)Her father, younger brother and uncle were all injured. Times, Sunday Times (2011)When his father and uncle are taken away, he attempts to stay alive while waiting for the return of his family. The Sun (2008)I've got my aunt and uncle on my friends list. Times, Sunday Times (2008)My wife's uncle was one of the last few British soldiers killed in the conflict. The Sun (2012)My uncle and a friend were walking around the garden talking and happened to turn up just as I jumped in. The Sun (2014)I went to stay with my friend 's uncle on a ranch in Virginia and it was like checking into rehab. The Sun (2012)But instead of strict arranged marriages, aunts, uncles and friends would meet over tea to flick through family photographs in the hope of matching perfect partners. Times, Sunday Times (2011)

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British English: uncle /ˈʌŋkl/ NOUN
Your uncle is the brother of your mother or father, or the husband of your aunt.
My uncle was the mayor.
  • American English: uncle
  • Arabic: عَمٌّ أو خَال
  • Brazilian Portuguese: tio
  • Chinese: 叔叔或舅舅
  • Croatian: ujak
  • Czech: strýc
  • Danish: onkel
  • Dutch: oom
  • European Spanish: tío familiar
  • Finnish: eno mother's brother
  • French: oncle
  • German: Onkel
  • Greek: θείος
  • Italian: zio
  • Japanese: おじ 伯父・叔父
  • Korean: 외삼촌 mother’s brother
  • Norwegian: onkel
  • Polish: wujek
  • European Portuguese: tio
  • Romanian: unchi
  • Russian: дядя
  • Spanish: tío hermano de su padre o madre
  • Swedish: farbror paternal
  • Thai: ลุง
  • Turkish: amca
  • Ukrainian: дядько
  • Vietnamese: bác parents’ older brother


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