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uncle

[ uhng-kuhl ]
/ ˈʌŋ kəl /
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noun
a brother of one's father or mother.
an aunt's husband.
a familiar title or term of address for any elderly man.
Slang. a pawnbroker.
(initial capital letter)Informal. Uncle Sam.
a word formerly used in communications to represent the letter U.
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Idioms about uncle

    say / cry uncle, Informal. to concede defeat: They ganged up on him in the schoolyard and made him say uncle.

Origin of uncle

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English, from Anglo-French uncle, Old French oncle, from Latin avunculus “mother's brother,” equivalent to av(us) “mother's father” + -unculus suffix extracted from diminutives of n-stems (see homunculus)

OTHER WORDS FROM uncle

un·cle·less, adjectiveun·cle·ship, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for uncle

uncle
/ (ˈʌŋkəl) /

noun
a brother of one's father or mother
the husband of one's aunt
a term of address sometimes used by children for a male friend of their parents
slang a pawnbroker

Other words from uncle

Related adjective: avuncular

Word Origin for uncle

C13: from Old French oncle, from Latin avunculus; related to Latin avus grandfather
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Other Idioms and Phrases with uncle

uncle

see cry uncle; Dutch uncle.

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