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Definitions of Nephew

(noun) The male child (son) of one’s brother or sister or of one’s spouse.

Nephew Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: neph·ew

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /nEf-yoo/
  • British English – /nE-fyoo/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /ˈnɛfju/
  • British English – /ˈnɛfjuː/

Usage Notes

  • Plural: nephews
  • Nepotism is derived from the Italian and Latin word for nephew.
  • Niece is the female version of nephew.

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Cite the Definition of Nephew

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “nephew.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved February 17, 2020 (https://sociologydictionary.org/nephew/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

nephew. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/nephew/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “nephew.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed February 17, 2020. https://sociologydictionary.org/nephew/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“nephew.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 17 Feb. 2020. <https://sociologydictionary.org/nephew/>.