Niece meaning

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The daughter of one's brother-in-law or sister-in-law.
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The definition of niece is the daughter of your brother or sister, by blood or by marriage.

An example of a niece is your brother-in-law's daughter.

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The daughter of one's brother or sister or of the brother or sister of one's spouse.
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A daughter of someone's sibling, brother-in-law, or sister-in-law; either the daughter of one's brother ("fraternal niece"), or of one's sister ("sororal niece").

My niece just celebrated her 15th birthday.

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The daughter of one's brother or sister.
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An illegitimate daughter, as of a medieval prelate.
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Origin of niece

  • Middle English nece from Old French from Vulgar Latin neptia from Latin neptis nepōt- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English nece (“niece, granddaughter"), from Old French nece (“niece, granddaughter") (Modern French nièce "niece") from Vulgar Latin *neptia, representing Latin neptis (“granddaughter"), from Proto-Indo-European *nepot- (“grandchild, sister's son"). Akin to Old High German nift (“niece, granddaughter") (German Nichte (“niece")). Displaced native Middle English nifte (“niece, granddaughter") (from Old English nift (“niece, granddaughter")).

    From Wiktionary