\ 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.

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Last week , on a popular surf beach north of San Diego, tons upon tons of sandstone crashed down on Anne Clave, her mother, Julie Davis, and aunt Elizabeth Charles. Rosanna Xiastaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "A cliff collapse. Three deaths. More bluff failures expected with rising seas," 9 Aug. 2019 My father and aunt had gone to watch the parade and left my mom, who was nine months pregnant, home alone. Richard A. Marini,, "For decades, Nix was San Antonio’s elite ’09 hospital," 9 Aug. 2019 Relatives recalled Lane Martin as a kind, loving, compassionate and insightful man with a sharp sense of humor and talent for painting, according to a family statement sent by Martin’s aunt from Nevada., "Man fatally shot by Portland police was likely in mental health crisis, family says," 6 Aug. 2019 Three women, including the teen’s mother, grandmother and aunt, died in the crash. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Driver, 20, ordered to stand trial for Oceanside crash that killed three," 6 Aug. 2019 Patridge's aunt shared the story with the family shortly after the shooting. Bree Burkitt, azcentral, "'The ultimate selfless act': El Paso victim David Johnson shielded wife and granddaughter," 5 Aug. 2019 Bobbi was an extraordinary wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt., "Deaths in South Florida: 8/1," 1 Aug. 2019 In a protest in front of Dallas police headquarters in December, Simington’s aunt criticized city officials and the police department’s handling of the investigation. Cassandra Jaramillo, Dallas News, "Dallas police transfer commander who is under investigation," 24 July 2019 For example, perhaps a grandmother, aunt or even a neighbor watches the child while the parents are at work. Rachel Dissell,, "Cleveland landlords have questions about lead-safe legislation’s fairness, feasibility. Here are some answers," 21 July 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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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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