AskDefine | Define nephew

Dictionary Definition

nephew n : a son of your brother or sister [ant: niece]

User Contributed Dictionary



From neveu (modern neveu), from nepos


  • (RP): /ˈnɛv.ju/, /nEvju/ (somewhat dated) or /ˈnɛf.ju/, /nEfju/


  1. A son of one's sibling; either a son of one's brother (fraternal nephew) or a son of one's sister (sororal nephew).


Derived terms


fraternal or sororal nephew

Extensive Definition

For the band, see Nephew (band)
Nephew is a term referring to the son of one's sibling. Sons of siblings-in-law are also informally referred to as nephews, even though there is no blood relation. The word nephew is derived from the French word neveu.
  • Nephew = son of your sister or brother.
  • Niece = daughter of your sister or brother.
  • Nephew(-in-law) = son of your sister-in-law or brother-in-law.
  • Niece(-in-law) = daughter of your sister-in-law or brother-in-law.

See also

  • For details of this and other family relationships, see the entry at cousin.


Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

aunt, auntie, blood brother, brethren, brother, bub, bubba, bud, buddy, country cousin, cousin, cousin once removed, cousin twice removed, daughter, father, first cousin, foster brother, frater, grandnephew, grandniece, granduncle, great-aunt, great-uncle, half brother, kid brother, mother, niece, nuncle, nunks, nunky, second cousin, sis, sissy, sister, sister-german, sistern, son, stepbrother, stepsister, unc, uncle, uncs, uterine brother
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