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Etymology

Via Middle English oncle and Old French oncle, from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] avunculus (mother’s brother”, literally “little grandfather), the diminutive of avus (grandfather), from the Proto-Indo-European *awo- (grandfather, adult male relative other than one's father)

this word replaced the Old English eam (maternal uncle) / fædera (paternal uncle), which represents the Germanic form of the same root.

Pronunciation

Noun

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uncle

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  1. A brother or brother-in-law of someone’s parent.
  2. (figuratively) A source of advice, encouragement, or help.
  3. (UK, informal) A pawnbroker.
  4. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) A close male friend of the parents of a family.

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References

  • "uncle" in the Online Etymology Dictionary, Douglas Harper, 2001 [1]

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