\ 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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Another local, an aunt of one of the children involved, shared the events on Twitter. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Shared a Sweet Moment with Blind Children During Their Visit to Birkenhead," 16 Jan. 2019 Kate became an aunt for the first time just last month, after her sister Pippa welcomed a baby boy named Arthur in October. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Squashes Feud Rumors by Gushing Over Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Baby," 28 Nov. 2018 Born in New York in 1940, she was raised by her unwed mother and an aunt, immigrant garment-factory workers from Latvia whose relatives were killed in the Holocaust. John Wilkens,, "Exhibit curator found her way in the world, now helps others," 8 July 2018 The screening found lung cancer in Ms. DiJulio’s aunt and uncle, who had no symptoms of disease. Amy Dockser Marcus, WSJ, "A Journey With Lung Cancer," 8 Jan. 2019 With characters—aunts and uncles, careless teachers, indifferent construction workers, bosses, girls, and thugs!— people who looked and felt real, if not a little subdued, in their colorations. Tom Chiarella, Popular Mechanics, "Stan Lee Taught Me to Love Storytelling," 13 Nov. 2018 Many of my cousins, aunts and uncles still live in Croatia. Al Saracevic,, "In this case, it’s OK to root for a team," 30 June 2018 From their aunts and uncles, Velma and her cousins had heard stories about descent from Monticello’s African-American community. Danielle Jackson, Longreads, "Oral History Project Grounds Story of Monticello in the Lives of the Enslaved," 27 June 2018 From their aunts and uncles, Velma and her cousins had heard stories about descent from Monticello’s African-American community. Andrew M. Davenport, Smithsonian, "Putting Enslaved Families’ Stories Back in the Monticello Narrative," 14 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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