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Monday, March 12, 2001

Definitions for avuncular

  1. Of or pertaining to an uncle.
  2. Resembling an uncle, especially in kindness or indulgence.

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Citations for avuncular
Both uncle Frank and uncle Stephen Austen had made it a point of principle to be rigorously unsentimental in the discharge of their avuncular obligations. David Nokes, Jane Austen: A Life
Thornton's reputation was that of a soft-hearted and avuncular veterinarian known for getting teary-eyed while listening to even slightly sentimental stories Vicki Croke, Boston Globe
Origin of avuncular
1825-1835
Avuncular comes from Latin avunculus, "maternal uncle."