\ ˈant How to pronounce aunt (audio) , ˈänt How to pronounce aunt (audio) \

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 \ ˈant-​ˌhu̇d How to pronounce aunt (audio) , ˈänt-​ \ noun
auntlike \ ˈant-​ˌlīk How to pronounce aunt (audio) , ˈänt-​ \ adjective
auntly adjective

Examples of aunt in a Sentence

He has three aunts and two uncles. This is my Aunt Mary.
Recent Examples on the Web Ventura County public health director Rigo Vargas, who grew up in south Oxnard, told me his wife lost an aunt because too many relatives continued to party over the winter holidays despite stay-at-home mandates. Los Angeles Times, "Column: What Oxnard can teach L.A. and the rest of California about COVID-19," 24 Feb. 2021 Lawrence bounced among an uncle in Manhattan, an aunt in France and an orphanage in Chappaqua, N.Y. Washington Post, "Lawrence Ferlinghetti, literary citadel of San Francisco, dies at 101," 23 Feb. 2021 Ferlinghetti bounced among an uncle in Manhattan, an aunt in France and an orphanage in Chappaqua, N.Y. Emma Brown, Anchorage Daily News, "Lawrence Ferlinghetti, literary citadel of San Francisco, dies at age 101," 23 Feb. 2021 He was raised by an aunt who worked as a servant in the home of Presley Bisland, a Southern gentleman who sparked a literary interest in the troubled boy. New York Times, "Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Poet Who Nurtured the Beats, Dies at 101," 23 Feb. 2021 Meant for middle school readers, the series concerns an exciting aunt who comes to the U.S. to help her family through a crisis then sticks around. Christopher Arnott,, "Hartford Library’s Big Read for 2021, ‘In the Time of Butterflies,’ celebrates Dominican culture," 19 Feb. 2021 It’s about a young girl who goes to live with an aunt after the death of her mother. Globe Staff,, "The Fast Forward 2020 Winter Bookies reading list," 4 Jan. 2021 Gianna Cummings has canceled doctor appointments to save money on gas, borrowed money from an aunt and applied for food stamps to help feed her four children, ages four weeks to 10 years old. Rick Jervis, USA TODAY, "Millions of Americans unemployed because of COVID are still waiting on unemployment assistance," 22 Dec. 2020 But having him on the album is more than just a kind gesture by an aunt who wants to give her nephew a job and some pocket money. Anne Cohen,, "Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom Shines A Light On The Fierce Woman Behind The Greasepaint," 19 Dec. 2020

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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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The first known use of aunt was in the 14th century

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27 Feb 2021

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“Aunt.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of aunt

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


\ ˈant How to pronounce aunt (audio) , 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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