From Middle English nevew, neveu (“nephew, grandson”), from Old French neveu (“nephew, grandson”), from Latin nepōtem, accusative of nepōs (“nephew, grandson”), from Proto-Indo-European *nepot- (“grandchild, sister's son”). Cognate with Old English nefa (“nephew, grandson”). More at neve.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈnɛv.ju/ (somewhat dated) or IPA(key): /ˈnɛf.ju/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈnɛf.ju/
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nephew (plural nephews)
- A son of one's sibling, brother-in-law, or sister-in-law; either a son of one's brother (fraternal nephew) or a son of one's sister (sororal nephew); a male nibling.