Site icon Learn American English Online




If your mother or father has a brother, you call that person "uncle."

  • My uncle and his family are coming for a visit.
  • When Dan was a boy, he used to go fishing with his uncles.
  • His Uncle Bob owns a car dealership.
  • Maria says she has ten uncles altogether.
  • How many uncles do you have?
  • John F. Kennedy was the maternal uncle to Maria Shriver. (She’s a television personality who married and divorced Arnold Schwarzenegger.)

There are a few other ways in which you’ll hear the word "uncle" in American English:

  • Every year in April, American taxpayers have to figure out how much they owe to Uncle Sam. (Uncle Sam = the U.S. government)
  • A large boy on the playground was hitting the other children until they cried "uncle." (To "cry uncle" or "say uncle" is to admit defeat.)
  • The bully made the boy say "uncle."

Click here to learn more words.

This page was first published on November 21, 2013. It was updated on July 10, 2016.



Exit mobile version