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Meaning of nephew

neph•ew

Pronunciation: (nef'y or, esp. Brit., nev'y), [key]
— n.
  1. a son of one's brother or sister.
  2. a son of one's spouse's brother or sister.
  3. an illegitimate son of a clergyman who has vowed celibacy (used as a euphemism).
  4. a direct descendant, esp. a grandson.
  5. a remote male descendant, as a grandnephew or cousin.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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