Meaning of “uncle” in the English Dictionary

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"uncle" in British English

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unclenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈʌŋ.kəl/ us /ˈʌŋ.kəl/

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 male adult that you know who is older than you:

John Uncle

More examples

  • We're going to visit my aunt and uncle on Sunday .
  • She inherited lots of money from her uncle.
  • We went back to Ireland for my uncle's burial.
  • I struck up an interesting conversation with your uncle.
  • Her uncle takes a personal interest in her progress.

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

"uncle" in American English

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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)