noun am·i·tate \ˈaməˌtāt, -tə̇t\

Definition of amitate



  1. 1 :  a special relationship obtaining among some peoples between a niece and her paternal aunt

  2. 2 :  authority of a woman over her brother's children and the rights and responsibilities associated therewith — compare avunculate

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Origin and Etymology of amitate

Latin amita paternal aunt + English -ate

First Known Use: 1884

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a trip made at another's expense

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