Definition of avuncular adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//əˈvʌŋkjələ(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//əˈvʌŋkjələr//
(formal) Middle age, Relations
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behaving in a kind and friendly way towards young people, similar to the way a kind uncle treats his nieces or nephews See related entries: Middle age, Relations Word Originmid 19th cent.: from Latin avunculus ‘maternal uncle’, diminutive of avus ‘grandfather’.
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