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Meaning of “uncle” in the English Dictionary

"uncle" in British English

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unclenoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈʌŋ.kl̩/
A2 the ​brother of someone's ​mother or ​father, or the ​husband of someone's ​aunt or uncle: I have ​lots of uncles and ​aunts. We ​invited my Uncle Steve over. [as form of address] Did you ​bring me a ​present, Uncle Jack? Indian English any ​maleadult that you ​know who is ​older than you: John Uncle

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(Definition of uncle from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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unclenoun [C]

 us   /ˈʌŋ·kəl/
the ​brother of someone’s ​mother or ​father, or the ​husband of someone’s ​aunt: My ​aunt and uncle moved to Arizona when they ​retired.
(Definition of uncle from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “uncle”
in Korean 삼촌, 아저씨…
in Arabic عَمّ, خال…
in Malaysian pakcik…
in French oncle…
in Russian дядя…
in Chinese (Traditional) 舅父, 伯父, 叔父…
in Italian zio…
in Turkish amca, dayı…
in Polish wujek, wuj…
in Spanish tío…
in Vietnamese chú, bác, cậu…
in Portuguese tio…
in Thai ลุง…
in German der Onkel…
in Catalan oncle…
in Japanese おじ, おじさん…
in Chinese (Simplified) 舅父, 伯父, 叔父…
in Indonesian paman…
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