\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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Nohemi Ascon, 41, is the aunt of six children between the ages of 1 and 8 who died in Los Lotes. Fox News, "Search for Guatemala eruption victims halted as death toll hits 109," 2 Oct. 2018 The aunt’s husband, Warren E. Kuntz, ran a furniture business in New Orleans and died in 1968. Kelly Crow, WSJ, "How a $450 Million da Vinci Was Lost in America—and Later Found," 18 Sep. 2018 The aunt could get there before others in the family who did not live nearby. Jan Hefler,, "'Just get out.' Mom warned daughter before her partner killed her," 8 July 2018 Johnson — now the proud aunt of Harris' 5-year-old daughter, Stella — said the discovery has made life much better. Josh Magness, miamiherald, "She 'always wanted to find' her family. It turns out her sister was living next door," 6 July 2018 An aunt of one of the boys, who declined to be named because of strict controls around their interactions with press, said authorities had told her a rescue could be staged as soon as Thursday. Shibani Mahtani,, "A congenital hand difference isn’t enough to hold this young athlete back," 4 July 2018 One of the presenters was Dolores Piper, 75, the great aunt of Derrick Gaines, the teen killed by Cabillo in the 2012 shooting. Sarah Ravani,, "North Beach shooting renews scrutiny of SF officer’s use of force," 20 June 2018 As the aunt of a child with Down’s Syndrome and a classroom teacher, Lauren Neifert has extensive experience working with children, including those with special needs. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "Indy mom's website helps match skilled sitters with parents of special needs children," 8 June 2018 The aunt of the main character, Neil Klugman, is a meddling worrywart, and the upper-middle-class relatives of Neil's girlfriend are satirized as shallow materialists. Douglas Perry,, "Woodburn teenager arrested after allegedly making school-shooting threats on Snapchat," 23 May 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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