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nephew

[ nef-yoo or, especially British, nev-yoo ]
/ ˈnɛf yu or, especially British, ˈnɛv yu /
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noun

a son of one's brother or sister.
a son of one's spouse's brother or sister.
an illegitimate son of a clergyman who has vowed celibacy (used as a euphemism).
Obsolete. a direct descendant, especially a grandson.
Obsolete. a remote male descendant, as a grandnephew or cousin.

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Origin of nephew

1250–1300; Middle English neveu<Old French <Latin nepōtem, accusative of nepōs nephew, grandson; akin to Old English nefa,Dutch neef,German Neffe,Old Norse nefi; the pseudo-etymological spelling with ph has influenced pronunciation
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British Dictionary definitions for nephew

nephew
/ (ˈnɛvjuː, ˈnɛf-) /

noun

a son of one's sister or brother
C13: from Old French neveu, from Latin nepōs; related to Old English nefa, Old High German nevo relative
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