\ 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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from aunt

aunthood \ ˈant-​ˌhu̇d How to pronounce aunthood (audio) , ˈänt-​ \ noun
auntlike \ ˈant-​ˌlīk How to pronounce auntlike (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 The children abruptly moved back to Ireland to live with their aunt, uncle and two cousins. Maureen Maher, CBS News, "Teen daughter of murder victim writes children's books on coping with loss," 8 Jan. 2020 In that filing, Brandon's attorney expressed his concerns about Melani's relationship with her aunt, Lori Vallow. Jessica Boehm, azcentral, "How a Gilbert drive-by shooting is tied to the Idaho missing children," 31 Dec. 2019 Connie emigrated to the US in 1940 and lived with her aunt in Moravia in upstate New York., "Deaths in South Florida: 12/10," 10 Dec. 2019 There are people from all different backgrounds: for example, my grandfather is from Jamaica; my aunt is from the Philippines. Lale Arikoglu, Condé Nast Traveler, "Whembley Sewell on What's Missing in the Travel Industry," 6 Nov. 2019 Just a few weeks after, Anna Birnie arrived at the van Gogh home, likely referred by Bertha, Vincent’s aunt who ran a boarding house in Kampen. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Research Reveals Vincent Van Gogh’s Artistic Governess," 1 Oct. 2019 Jamie went to live with her aunt and uncle while investigators began working on her mother’s case. Andrea Cavallier, NBC News, "Texas woman continues to search for answers after her mother Judy Marie Foster vanished nearly 30 years ago," 6 Sep. 2019 My mom did puppet ministry, and my aunt is a minister in Atlanta. Emily Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Danny McBride and John Goodman on God, capitalism, and wearing cool pinkie rings," 16 Aug. 2019 Video Gaming United was created by Bond, who started Tap Room with his aunt less than a year after leaving office, in August 2011. Jason Grotto, ProPublica, "From Truck Stops to Elections, a River of Gambling Money Is Flooding Waukegan," 8 Aug. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'aunt.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about aunt

Time Traveler for aunt

Time Traveler

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

See more words from the same century

Statistics for aunt

Last Updated

16 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Aunt.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 27 January 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for aunt


How to pronounce aunt (audio) How to pronounce aunt (audio)

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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on aunt

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with aunt

Spanish Central: Translation of aunt

Nglish: Translation of aunt for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of aunt for Arabic Speakers

Comments on aunt

What made you want to look up aunt? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


one that suddenly gains wealth or power

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Intact Latin Quiz

  • roman tablet
  • What did focus mean in Latin?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!