[ greyt-nees ]

  1. a daughter of one's nephew or niece; grandniece.

Origin of great-niece

First recorded in 1880–85

Words Nearby great-niece Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use great-niece in a sentence

  • It was evident to the German doctor that his patron looked forward to his great-niece's visit with pleasure.

  • A girl came to the door, with a kind, blushing face, and hands as red as her cheeks—a great-niece of the old smith.

    There and Back | George MacDonald
  • Tell Mammy Susan that her great niece is doing very well and everyone likes her.

  • Not a feature or betrayed trait of character was like any that the disappointing great-niece of Prudence Ball possessed.

    Sheila of Big Wreck Cove | James A. Cooper
  • The little wizened old woman pecked at the pale cheek which her great-niece offered her, and stumped out of the room.

    A Traitor's Wooing | Headon Hill

British Dictionary definitions for great-niece


  1. a daughter of one's nephew or niece; granddaughter of one's brother or sister

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