Origin of niece
Examples from the Web for nieces
We need to see these girls as daughters, sisters, nieces, and friends.
Even then she had to climb on to its roof with dozens of children, nieces and nephews to escape the surging flood.Typhoon Haiyan: The Philippine Village that Lost Its Men|The Telegraph|November 17, 2013|DAILY BEAST
I am fortunate to be very close to my nieces and nephews and to experience a form of grandparenting with their children.
I love my nieces and nephews, but find playing their games tedious and I don't want that for myself.
We love our nieces and nephews and we both enjoy spending time with them and spoiling them.
He has, indeed, no children; but a numerous band of nephews and nieces look up to him with truly filial regard.The Will of Samuel Appleton|Samuel Appleton
Laure was the only one of Mazarin's nieces on whom there is no slur.Court Beauties of Old Whitehall|W. R. H. Trowbridge
Will you permit my daughter to call upon your nieces, Mr. Merrick?Aunt Jane's Nieces in Society|Edith Van Dyne
Aunt Elsie had been at times more or less hard with all her nieces.Christie Redfern's Troubles|Margaret Robertson
"No, my nieces," said the Colonel, and his spirits went up like a cork.A Venetian June|Anna Fuller
British Dictionary definitions for nieces
Word Origin for niece
Word Origin and History for nieces
c.1300, from Old French niece "niece, granddaughter" (12c., Modern French nièce), earlier niepce, from Latin neptia (also source of Portuguese neta, Spanish nieta), from neptis "granddaughter," in Late Latin "niece," fem. of nepos "grandson, nephew" (see nephew). Replaced Old English nift, from Proto-Germanic *neftiz, from the same PIE root (Old English also used broðordohter and nefene).
Until c.1600, it also commonly meant "a granddaughter" or any remote female descendant. Cf. cognate Spanish nieta, Old Lithuanian nepte, Sanskrit naptih "granddaughter;" Czech net, Old Irish necht, Welsh nith, German Nichte "niece."