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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR NIECE

Mrs. Van Geist fixed her niece with a sudden look of suspicion.

I came here, brother, to propose a match for my niece, Angélique.

But, niece, it is not making too much fun of him to fall in with his fancies.

My dear Mother,—Mr. Vernon returned on Thursday night, bringing his niece with him.

The gentlemen considered a niece of Mrs. Stanhope as their lawful prize.

Come, my dear niece, let me have the honour of doing with you what no body else yet has been able to do.

You will have the favour of every body, Niece, when you know how to deserve it.

Only hear, Niece, said my aunt; only hear what Mr. Solmes has to read and to say to you on this head.

You know not, Madam; You know not, Niece; all in one breath.

What a romantic picture of a forced marriage have you drawn, Niece!

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300, from Old French niece "niece, granddaughter" (12c., Modern French nièce), earlier niepce, from Latin neptia (also source of Portuguese neta, Spanish nieta), from neptis "granddaughter," in Late Latin "niece," fem. of nepos "grandson, nephew" (see nephew). Replaced Old English nift, from Proto-Germanic *neftiz, from the same PIE root (Old English also used broðordohter and nefene).

Until c.1600, it also commonly meant "a granddaughter" or any remote female descendant. Cf. cognate Spanish nieta, Old Lithuanian nepte, Sanskrit naptih "granddaughter;" Czech net, Old Irish necht, Welsh nith, German Nichte "niece."

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