\ 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 These trips are also marked by the marvel of my aunt, her four-inch red fingernails and her resemblance to Tina Turner. Rivka Galchen, The New Yorker, "Living in New York’s Unloved Neighborhood," 8 Feb. 2021 He was motivated by the experience of his aunt, a housekeeper and one of the millions of Californians who was toiling in a low-wage job without any retirement safety net beyond Social Security. Evan Halper, Los Angeles Times, "Make America California Again? That’s Biden’s plan," 17 Jan. 2021 Since 2007, Harootunian and her family have been decorating in honor of her late aunt, a longtime Oak Forest resident who died from brain cancer. Bill Jones,, "Tree displays grow holiday spirit: ‘This is the one thing that’s stayed the same’," 9 Dec. 2020 Norma Cazares poses in her Chula Vista home with a photograph of her aunt and mother on Friday, November 13. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Most indoor visits cease at San Diego County nursing homes as region drops to most restrictive tier," 14 Nov. 2020 Gwyon eventually returns home to his four-year-old son, Wyatt, who has been left in the care of an aunt. Christopher Beha, Harper's Magazine, "Because God Did Not Relax," 27 Oct. 2020 Tree, who happens to be a close friend of my aunt, is absolutely both amazing and strong. Luke Leitch, Vogue, "Penelope Tree Returns to the Runway at Fendi," 23 Sep. 2020 For a time, the girl finds a substitute in the chaotic allure of her aunt. Parul Sehgal, New York Times, "Elena Ferrante’s New Novel Is a Suspenseful Story About the Sins of Parents," 25 Aug. 2020 The problem is, some of this aunt’s children are in denial. Abigail Van Buren, oregonlive, "Dear Abby: Talking about memory loss, thinking problems, challenging for close family members," 14 Aug. 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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15 Feb 2021

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“Aunt.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 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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