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great-uncle

[greyt-uhng-kuh l] /ˈgreɪtˌʌŋ kəl/
noun
1.
a granduncle.
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  • I have learned since that a certain ancestor—or was he only a great-uncle?

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • My great-uncle had particularly declared it should not be divided.

    Molly Bawn Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
  • Well then, my great-uncle, old Sir William, wished me to have it when I grew up.

    Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • He stopped on seeing his great-uncle, and instantly assumed the mask of his smile.

    The Patrician John Galsworthy
  • I want to tell you something more about your great-uncle Thomas.

    True to His Home Hezekiah Butterworth
  • Your uncle, or great-uncle Thomas, started a subscription for a chime of bells.

    True to His Home Hezekiah Butterworth
British Dictionary definitions for great-uncle

great-uncle

noun
1.
an uncle of one's father or mother; brother of one's grandfather or grandmother
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