Uncle meaning

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The husband of one's aunt.
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Used as a form of address for an older man, especially by children.
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A pawnbroker.
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A brother or brother-in-law of someone's parent.

My uncle is an atheist.

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Any elderly man.
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(euphemistic) A companion to your (usually unmarried) mother.
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(figuratively) A source of advice, encouragement, or help.
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(UK, informal) A pawnbroker.
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(southern US and parts of UK, colloquial) A close male friend of the parents of a family.
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(southern US, slang, archaic) An older male African-American person.
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A kindly counselor.
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A pawnbroker.
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Uncle Sam.
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The brother of one's father or mother.
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(India, slang) An affectionate name for an older man.
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(brother of someone's father): paternal uncle.
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(brother of someone's mother): maternal uncle.
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(uncle gained by marriage): uncle-in-law.
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A cry used to indicate surrender.
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  • To indicate a willingness to give up a fight or surrender:.
    Tickled my brother until he cried uncle.
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say uncle
  • To surrender or admit defeat.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of uncle

  • Middle English from Anglo-Norman from Latin avunculus maternal uncle awo- in Indo-European roots

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

  • 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 fædera (“paternal uncle") from the same Proto-Indo-European root. More at eme.

    From Wiktionary