- the brother of one's father or mother
- the husband of one's aunt
- Informal any elderly man: a term of address
- Slang a pawnbroker
Origin of uncleOld French ; from Classical Latin avunculus, one's mother's brother, diminutive of an unverified form avo ; from Indo-European an unverified form awos-, maternal grandfather from source Old English eam, Old High German oheim, uncle, Classical Latin avus, grandfather
- a. The brother of one's mother or father.b. The husband of a sibling of one's mother or father.
- Used as a form of address for an older man, especially by children.
- A kindly counselor.
- Slang A pawnbroker.
- Uncle Uncle Sam.
Origin of uncleMiddle English, from Anglo-Norman, from Latin avunculus, maternal uncle; see awo- in Indo-European roots.
- A brother or brother-in-law of someone's parent.
- My uncle is an atheist
- (euphemistic) A companion to your (usually unmarried) mother.
- (figuratively) A source of advice, encouragement, or help.
- (UK, informal) A pawnbroker.
- (southern US and parts of UK, colloquial) A close male friend of the parents of a family.
- (southern US, slang, archaic) an older male African-American person
- (India, slang) An affectionate name for an older man.
- (brother of someone's father): paternal uncle
- (brother of someone's mother): maternal uncle
- (uncle gained by marriage): uncle-in-law
- A cry used to indicate surrender.
Middle English uncle, from Anglo-Norman uncle, from Old French oncle, from Latin avunculus (“mother's brother"; literally, “little grandfather"), diminutive of avus (“grandfather"), from Proto-Indo-European *awo- (“grandfather, adult male relative other than one's father"). Displaced native Middle English eam, eme (“maternal uncle") (from Old English Ä“am (“maternal uncle"), compare Old English fÃ¦dera (“paternal uncle") from the same Proto-Indo-European root. More at eme.