Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “uncle”

See all translations

uncle

noun [C] uk   /ˈʌŋ.kl̩/ us  
A2 the brother of someone's mother or father, or the husband of someone's aunt or uncle: I've got several uncles and aunts. We invited my Uncle Steve round. [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
Translations of “uncle”
in Korean 삼촌, 아저씨…
in Arabic عَمّ, خال…
in French oncle…
in Turkish amca, dayı…
in Italian zio…
in Chinese (Traditional) 舅父, 伯父, 叔父…
in Russian дядя…
in Polish wujek, wuj…
in Spanish tío…
in Portuguese tio…
in German der Onkel…
in Catalan oncle…
in Japanese おじ, おじさん…
in Chinese (Simplified) 舅父, 伯父, 叔父…
(Definition of uncle from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of uncle?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “uncle” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

comma

the symbol , used in writing to separate parts of a sentence showing a slight pause, or to separate the single things in a list

Word of the Day

Lies, lies, lies!

by Kate Woodford,
February 25, 2015
​​​ According to sociologists (=people who study the relationships between people living in groups), we are good at lying. As a species, we have developed a remarkable ability to deceive each other (= persuade each other that something false is true). Being able to say things that are not true can help with

Read More 

snapchat verb

March 02, 2015
to send someone a message using the photomessaging application Snapchat We used to have a thing until he got a girlfriend. now

Read More