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or great uncle (grāt′ŭng′kəl)
A brother or brother-in-law of one's grandparent. Also called granduncle.
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an uncle of one's father or mother; brother of one's grandfather or grandmother
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Noun1.great-uncle - an uncle of your father or mother
uncle - the brother of your father or mother; the husband of your aunt
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[ˈgreɪtˌʌŋkl] Ntío m abuelo
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[ˌgreɪtˈʌŋkl] nprozio
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References in classic literature ?
Twelve years had passed since I had laid the body of my great-uncle, Captain John Carter, of Virginia, away from the sight of men in that strange mausoleum in the old cemetery at Richmond.
Denham looked at her as she sat in her grandfather's arm-chair, drawing her great-uncle's malacca cane smoothly through her fingers, while her background was made up equally of lustrous blue-and-white paint, and crimson books with gilt lines on them.
CECILY, WITH AN ANGUISHED GLANCE AT DAN:--"This is Great-uncle Robert King."
Your great-uncle, Lillyvick, my dears!' interposed Mr Kenwigs, condescendingly explaining it to the children.
How his great-uncle, the rector, had encountered and laid the last ghost, who had frightened the old women, male and female, of the parish out of their senses, and who turned out to be the blacksmith's apprentice disguised in drink and a white sheet.
in the part of the country where your grandfather and your great-uncle Bidault belong, in the arrondissement of the deputy who wants to resign."
At the age of ten, on the death of his great-uncle, he succeeded to the peerage as Lord Byron, but for many years he continued to be heavily in debt, partly because of lavish extravagance, which was one expression of his inherited reckless wilfulness.
Prince Charles was previously accused of being just like Edward VIII by his great-uncle Louis Mountbatten.
"It was quite an emotional moment," says Mr Cornock, who is still hunting for great-uncle William Levi Cornock's other two World War One medals.
Loving Husband of Christine for over 40 years; Dear Father of Margaret Harper-Kissner, Fredrick Arrowsmith Harper IV (Jennifer), and Joseph Arrowsmith Harper (Megan); Grandfather to Alexi, Jadie, Justin, and Shealy Kissner, Anthony and Brooke Harper and Axel Fredrick Harper; Beloved Brother of Ann Harper-Huetter and the late James Harper; Fred was a brother-in-law to Charlie Albright, Sharon and Larry Green, Cheryl and Jack Karminski, Ralph and Gina Albright and Patricia and Rick Heir; Uncle, Great-Uncle and Great-Great-Uncle to many nieces and nephews.