\ ˈant , ˈänt \

Definition of aunt 

1 : the sister of one's father or mother

2 : the wife of one's uncle or aunt

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Other words from aunt

aunthood \-ˌhu̇d \ noun
auntlike \-ˌlīk \ adjective
auntly adjective

Examples of aunt in a Sentence

He has three aunts and two uncles. This is my Aunt Mary.

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Could these tests, for instance, distinguish between an aunt and mother? Alan Gomez, USA TODAY, "DNA tests on children separated at border from family: few answers, lots of questions," 9 July 2018 An uncle had been deported two years later, and then an aunt had left for Mexico a few months after that, forcing their two children to stay for a little while in Alex's trailer. Eli Saslow, Anchorage Daily News, "Raids are separating families in the heartland," 1 July 2018 Pacella’s parents picked her up and took her to an aunt’s home nearby rather than her apartment in Baltimore. Jean Marbella,, "Capital Gazette shooting: How a quiet day in the newsroom was shattered," 1 July 2018 She was raised by an aunt after her parents ceded guardianship. John Maffei,, "Fowler offers helping hand for students who overcome obstacles," 27 June 2018 Even if she’s not needed, Boshold plans to return on Saturday to watch the show again with several members of her family in tow, including an aunt, uncle, and cousins. Ryan Smith, Chicago Reader, "News / Politics / The Trump Era Stormy Daniels storms out of Chicago strip club: 'I got fired,' she says as weekend shows appear canceled," 15 June 2018 Gorkys, the oldest, worked in an aunt’s car wash after school to help make ends meet. Henry Schulman, San Francisco Chronicle, "Giants’ Hernandez turning AT&T into Gorkys’ park," 7 June 2018 Lawyer was approved to move in with an aunt and her partner in their Carmichael home in October 2017 after being released from a 12-years-to-life conviction of raping a woman at gunpoint in 2001, court documents say. Nashelly Chavez, sacbee, "Judge finds rapist who moved to Carmichael violated parole by asking for nude photos," 6 June 2018 Meanwhile, a woman who described herself as Lopez’s girlfriend, his mother and an aunt left the courtroom crying. Elizabeth Zavala, San Antonio Express-News, "Jury’s guilty verdict sends convicted killer into frenzy in San Antonio courtroom," 5 June 2018

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First Known Use of aunt

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for aunt

Middle English, from Old French ante, from Latin amita; akin to Old High German amma mother, nurse, Greek amma nurse

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English Language Learners Definition of aunt

: the sister of your father or mother or the wife of your uncle


\ ˈant , ˈänt \

Kids Definition of aunt

1 : a sister of a person's parent

2 : the wife of a person's uncle

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