My uncle
Uncle Un"cle, n. [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. [1913 Webster]

2. A pawnbroker. [Slang] --Thackeray. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]


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