aunt

noun
\ 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 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. sun-sentinel.com, "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

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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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16 Jan 2020

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“Aunt.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aunt. Accessed 27 January 2020.

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aunt

noun
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

aunt

noun
\ 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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