What is a grand uncle?

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More commonly referred to as a great-uncle, a granduncle is the uncle of one's father or mother. Another way to describe this is that a granduncle is the brother (or brother-in-law) of one's grandparent.

The debate of "grand" versus "great" used to describe this relationship stems from its initial French use. The term "granduncle" comes from late Middle English, approximately 1400-1450 CE, from the French "grand" which was alternately translated to "grand" or "great." Additionally, the Dutch term "groot" translates to "grand" or "great." The relative can be referred to as a granduncle, a grand-uncle, a great uncle, or a great-uncle.

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grand·un·cle
[grand-uhng-kuhl]
NOUN
1.
an uncle of one's father or mother; a great-uncle.
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