2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Uncle \Un"cle\, noun [OE. uncle, OF. oncle, uncle, F. oncle, fr. L. avunculus a maternal uncle, dim. of avus a grandfather; akin to Lith. avynas uncle, Goth. aw? grandmother, Icel. [=a]i great grandfather.]

1. The brother of one's father or mother; also applied to an aunt's husband; -- the correlative of aunt in sex, and of nephew and niece in relationship.

2. A pawnbroker. [Slang] --Thackeray.

3. An eldery man; -- used chiefly as a kindly or familiar appellation, esp. (Southern U. S.) for a worthy old negro; as, "Uncle Remus." [Colloq.]

Plain old uncle as he [Socrates] was, with his great ears, -- an immense talker. --Emerson. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

{My uncle}, a pawnbroker. [Slang]

{Uncle Sam}, a humorous appellation given to the United States Government. See {Uncle Sam}, in Dictionary of Noted Names in Fiction.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: the brother of your father or mother; the husband of your aunt [ant: {aunt}, {auntie}, {aunty}]

2: a source of help and advice and encouragement; "he played uncle to lonely students"

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