Meaning of “nephew” in the English Dictionary

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"nephew" in British English

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nephewnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈnef.juː/ /ˈnev.juː/ us /ˈnef.juː/ /ˈnev.juː/

B1 a son of your sister or brother, or a son of the sister or brother of your husband or wife



  • He hit the headlines two years ago when he was arrested for selling drugs to the prime minister's nephew.
  • They were murmuring about the boss's nephew getting the job.
  • She'd always had a soft spot for her younger nephew.
  • I watched my two-year-old nephew toddling around after his puppy.
  • I took my two-year old nephew down to the beach with his bucket and spade.

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

"nephew" in American English

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nephewnoun [ C ]

us /ˈnef·ju/

a son of someone’s brother or sister, or a son of someone’s husband’s or wife’s sister or brother

(Definition of “nephew” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)