\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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Child Protective Services was advised of the incident and the infant was released to Klein's aunt. Adriana Ramirez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Menomonee Falls woman accused of driving under the influence with her newborn in the backseat," 27 June 2018 Afterward, Brown went to his aunt’s house in Sicklerville with his mother and girlfriend, and arrangements were made by a family friend for Brown to fly to Nashville. Robert Moran,, "Jury convicts man in fatal shooting of 8-year-old Camden girl," 21 June 2018 Three of the children are U.S. citizens and were released to an aunt. Gina Martinez, Time, "Officials Confirm 10-Year-Old Girl With Down Syndrome Separated From Mother at Border," 20 June 2018 My older sister announced at a family dinner that her 16-year-old son’s wedding gift to his aunt will be to serve as the official event photographer. Steven P. Dinkin,, "A wedding gift from a teenage photographer," 17 June 2018 In 2016, a 2-year-old died of hyperthermia, a condition involving abnormally high body temperature, after he was left in a car by his great aunt. Thomas Novelly, The Courier-Journal, "You spot a child or a dog in a locked hot car. Can you smash a window?," 11 June 2018 Her family has been involved in politics for decades, and her great aunt, Kitty Tracy, used to represent the 29th District. Kathleen Mcwilliams, Courant Community, "Rocky Hill Resident Seeks 29th District Seat," 5 June 2018 One pilot, furious at the ridicule, sent detailed notes to an aunt. Dan Zak,, "UFOs are suddenly a serious news story - you can thank the guy from Blink-182 for that," 30 May 2018 Could these tests, for instance, distinguish between an aunt and mother? Alan Gomez, USA TODAY, "DNA tests on children separated at border from family: few answers, lots of questions," 9 July 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


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Kids Definition of aunt

1 : a sister of a person's parent

2 : the wife of a person's uncle

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