Questions tagged [kinship-terms]

Words and phrases for referring to family members.

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What do you call the nephew of your adoptive father?

What do you call the nephew of your adoptive father? Is there a specific word for it? I forgot how we call them, would it be half-nephew? Because I thought half-nephew is used if your mother divorced ...
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How do you call the grandchildren of a step-grandparent?

My grandfather recently got remarried to a woman who herself has children and grandchildren. My question is: what is the correct term to describe my relatedness to these people? "Step-aunt" or "step-...
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Is uncle really limited to siblings of parents or their husbands?

So I just saw the question: How can you recognize "uncle" is father's brother or mother's brother? (Is there any "default option"? ), and I looked at the Wikipedia article ...
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How can you recognize “uncle” is father's brother or mother's brother? (Is there any “default option”? )

Sometimes the speaker(or author) specifies what he/she means when he/she uses the word "uncle" for example: The gelding was mine, a gift from a great-uncle on my mother’s side.(Educated by Tara ...
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Do you understand mom/mother?

Why can we use 'dad' and 'mom' standalone, but should use a pronoun or an article with 'father' and 'mother'? For instance when brother and sister are speaking. Do you understand mom? Do you ...
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What does 'relative' mean?

Can I talk about my mother if somebody requests me to describe a relative who I am like? I wonder if a relative refers to my aunt, uncle or cousin, or it's just a member in my family such as my mom, ...
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Meaning of “uncle by marriage”

What is the meaning of "his uncle by marriage in the following sentence: Tom was adopted by Sam, his uncle by marriage.
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How to make clear the relationship among the relatives?

In English we call the father's mother "grandma", and mother's mother is also called "grandma". How should I make clear the relationship? If people say 'give that present to your grandma', which side ...
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Are “maternal uncle” or “cousin brother” commonly used in English?

Expressions like "maternal uncle" (meaning mother's brother) or "cousin brother" (meaning male cousin), used commonly in e.g. Indian English, define more subtly the relationship between people in ...
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cousin vs cousin sister

Someone told me that we can't use brother or sister with cousin. Please check the examples and let me know which one is correct? My cousin brother asked me to come with him My cousin asked me ...
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What is the term for the child of my aunt or uncle?

How do you call your aunt's or uncle's daughter and son respectively in English? Are they just called 'cousin'? or do you call them 'sister' or 'brother'? (Not about how I call them to their face ...
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first cousins once removed

Born in the Austrian village of Spital, Weitra, Waldviertel, her father was Johann Baptist Pölzl and her mother was Johanna Hiedler. Either Johanna Hiedler's father Johann Nepomuk Hiedler or his ...
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Is the word “uncle-in-law” used?

Is the word "uncle-in-law" commonly used when talking about the husband married to your mother's sister? Or is this person typically still called your "uncle", even though the person is not a blood ...
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What is the plural of “brother”, “brothers” or “brethren”?

In English books, I read that the plural of brother was given as brethren, but I hear people in movies or serials using brothers. Which one is correct? Is it the difference due to difference in ...