amitate

noun
am·​i·​tate | \ ˈaməˌtāt, -tə̇t \
plural -s

Definition of amitate

1 : a special relationship obtaining among some peoples between a niece and her paternal aunt
2 : authority of a woman over her brother's children and the rights and responsibilities associated therewith — compare avunculate

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First Known Use of amitate

1884, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for amitate

Latin amita paternal aunt + English -ate

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“Amitate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/amitate. Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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