- a daughter of a person's brother or sister.
- a daughter of a person's spouse's brother or sister.
Origin of niece
Examples from the Web for nieces
We need to see these girls as daughters, sisters, nieces, and friends.The Radical History of Mother’s Day
Matthew Paul Turner
May 11, 2014
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
November 17, 2013
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.
"There's plenty of room for nephews and nieces," Mr. Withells said jocularly.Jan and Her Job
L. Allen Harker
Her nieces were independent young women, and it was not often that she was able to help them.
She passed on from it to the plan of campaign that her nieces should pursue in the future.
She was going back to Swanage on the morrow, just as her nieces were wanting her most.
Though we had a cargo of Bishop's nieces it wouldn't make him hold his hand.Captain Blood
- a daughter of one's sister or brother
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."