\ 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

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 His relative and neighbor Sadamullah, 21, ran to the house with his aunt, uncle and cousin, choking on smoke. New York Times, 30 Apr. 2022 My father's sister, my aunt, always took me with her to Paris to see photo exhibitions. Vogue, 29 Apr. 2022 Malachi arrived at the police station, which serves as a branch of the county court, with his mother, his grandmother and his aunt, who is his guardian. Jennifer Smith Richards, ProPublica, 28 Apr. 2022 Her bike was found a few blocks away from her aunt’s house, and on Monday morning, her body was discovered in a wooded area. NBC News, 27 Apr. 2022 Maréchal, often at odds with her aunt, formally endorsed Zemmour in March. James Mcauley, The New Yorker, 22 Apr. 2022 De Sousa is also dad to sons Ian, 13, and Tiago, 11, plus 8-year-old daughter Alice, with ex-wife Iran Angelo, who is Camila's aunt. Georgia Slater,, 19 Apr. 2022 Julia Margaret Cameron, the great Victorian photographer, was her aunt. Phyllis Rose, The New York Review of Books, 23 Feb. 2022 The mother, who was the aunt of one cousin, got wind of the fight from her nephew and headed over there with their grandmother to stop it from happening, arriving just before the melee started. Meredith Colias-pete,, 17 Dec. 2021 See More

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

Kids Definition of aunt

1 : the sister of a person's parent
2 : the wife of a person's uncle or aunt

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