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niece

[ nees ]
/ nis /
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noun

a daughter of a person's brother or sister.
a daughter of a person's spouse's brother or sister.

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Origin of niece

1250–1300; Middle English nece<Old French <Vulgar Latin *neptia, for Latin neptis granddaughter; replacing Middle English nifte,Old English nift niece (cognate with Old Frisian, Old High German nift,Dutch nicht,Old Norse nipt) <Germanic; akin to Lithuanian neptė̃,Sanskrit naptī;cf. nephew
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British Dictionary definitions for niece

niece
/ (niːs) /

noun

a daughter of one's sister or brother

Word Origin for niece

C13: from Old French niece granddaughter, ultimately from Latin neptis granddaughter
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