[nef-yoo or, esp. British, nev-yoo] /ˈnɛf yu or, esp. British, ˈnɛv yu/
a son of one’s brother or sister.
a son of one’s spouse’s brother or sister.
an illegitimate son of a clergyman who has vowed celibacy (used as a euphemism).
Obsolete. a direct descendant, especially a grandson.
Obsolete. a remote male descendant, as a or cousin.
a son of one’s sister or brother
c.1300, from Old French neveu (Old North French nevu) “grandson, descendant,” from Latin nepotem (nominative nepos) “sister’s son, grandson, descendant,” in post-Augustan Latin, “nephew,” from PIE *nepot- “grandchild,” and in a general sense, “male descendant other than son” (cf. Sanskrit napat “grandson, descendant;” Old Persian napat- “grandson;” Old Lithuanian nepuotis “grandson;” Dutch neef; German Neffe “nephew;” Old Irish nia, genitive niath “son of a sister,” Welsh nei). Used in English in all the classical senses until meaning narrowed in 17c., and also as a euphemism for “the illegitimate son of an ecclesiastic” (1580s). The Old English cognate, nefa “nephew, stepson, grandson, second cousin” survived to 16c.
of uncertain etymology; much disputed. (Gen. 6:4; Num. 13:33, R.V.), giants, the Hebrew word left untranslated by the Revisers, the name of one of the Canaanitish tribes. The Revisers have, however, translated the Hebrew gibborim, in Gen. 6:4, “mighty men.”
1. a combining form meaning “cloud,” used in the formation of compound words: nephometer. combining form 1. concerning cloud or clouds
/ˈnɛfəˌɡræm/ noun 1. (meteorol) a photograph of a cloud
/ˈnɛfəˌɡrɑːf; -ˌɡræf/ noun 1. an instrument for photographing clouds