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[greyt-nef-yoo, -nev-yoo] /ˈgreɪtˌnɛf yu, -ˌnɛv yu/
a son of one's nephew or niece; grandnephew.
Origin of great-nephew
First recorded in 1575-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Jarvis Barrow, that's a strong witness, should have had another sort of great-nephew!


    Mary Johnston
  • If only Percy had been older and had a son, he could settle the money upon his great-nephew.

    War-time Silhouettes Stephen Hudson
  • The thought that his great-nephew and his niece had actually slept there horrified him.

  • Her last act was to appoint Biren regent during the infancy of her great-nephew.

  • She had adopted her great-nephew Ronald while he was still quite a baby, and he could remember no other home than hers.

    The School by the Sea Angela Brazil
  • The great-nephew, in a fury of blushes, dropped old John's hand with some vigour, and seized that of the next person in the line.

    The Magnificent Ambersons Booth Tarkington
  • "I hope you aren't scratching up my books, sir," he observed, eying the pencil in his great-nephew's hand.

    The Battle Ground Ellen Glasgow
  • Mrs. Beauchamp said she had seen her great-nephew Nevil, but without a comment on his conduct or his person; grave silence.

  • His successor and great-nephew Charles could give no better security to his ministries.

  • The next heir of the house of Alfred was a child, Eadgar the Etheling, the great-nephew of the deceased monarch.

    A History of England

    Charles Oman
British Dictionary definitions for great-nephew


a son of one's nephew or niece; grandson of one's brother or sister
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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