auntie

noun

aunt·​ie ˈan-tē How to pronounce auntie (audio)
ˈän-
variants or aunty
plural aunties
: aunt
Auntie Mame
… a stern but smoldering auntie.Ken Tucker
"Oh, please don't! We have come to tea with our cousin, and we'll be as good as gold if you'll let us stay, auntie," clamoured the boys …Louisa May Alcott
These crosses underneath the letter are really kisses, all from the children who keep asking me about Aunty Daphne, though they do not know you.Janet Frame

Examples of auntie in a Sentence

The children were happy to see their Auntie Mary.
Recent Examples on the Web While the clientele skews toward a certain age (read: aunties), the combination of live jazz and American comfort food appeals to people of all generations. Kevinisha Walker, Los Angeles Times, 17 Feb. 2024 This is what being a rich auntie looks like for me. Ronny Maye, Essence, 15 Dec. 2023 He often gets asked by younger fans to talk to their moms and aunties on the phone. Elahe Izadi, Washington Post, 8 Feb. 2024 There are lots of proud uncles and aunties out there of this song. Steven J. Horowitz, Variety, 26 Jan. 2024 Endlessly entertaining, the series has a cultural specificity unveiling communities rarely seen in depictions of L.A., including the group of Chinese aunties who gossip at mahjong games to the Korean Spa, where a pow-wow between the Suns and another powerful triad goes dreadfully awry. Aramide Tinubu, Variety, 4 Jan. 2024 And because the songs are actual bops, there are also videos of parents, aunties and uncles giving in to the urge to dance, sing or, uh, twerk (sans kiddos) along. Bethonie Butler, Washington Post, 3 Jan. 2024 And not just that one slice in 1955 and those hits, but also the queerness, the aunties and uncles like Esquerita and Sister Rosetta Tharpe who helped form him, his journey as a young drag queen. Okla Jones, Essence, 15 Dec. 2023 Patel had taken a few typical toppings (the ones my aunties used) and turned them into a coconut cilantro chutney, pushing my favorite flavors to the forefront. Leena Trivedi-Grenier, Washington Post, 22 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1672, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of auntie was in 1672

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“Auntie.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/auntie. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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