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noun 
  1. A brother or brother-in-law of someone"s parent.
  2. (context, figuratively) A source of advice, encouragement, or help.
  3. (context, UK, informal) A pawnbroker.
  4. (context, Southern US, colloquial) A close male friend of the parents of a family.
Translations: 
  • Dutch: pandjesbaas(nl)m
  • French: ma tante(fr)
  • German: Onkel(de)m
  • Italian: zio materno(it, zio, m, {{t-, it)m
  • Spanish: tí­o materno(es, tí­o, m}}, t-, es)m
Etymology: Via and oncle, from avunculus "mother"s brother" but literally "little grandfather", the diminutive of avus "grandfather," from the Proto-Indo-Euroean root awo- "grandfather, adult male relative other than one's father":this word replaced O.E. eam (usually maternal; paternal uncle was fídera), which represents the Germanic form of the same root


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