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

Case in point: After being declared the true king in the north, Jon travels south (mistake number one), falls in love with Dany (his aunt), bends the freakin’ knee, and then decides to bring her to Winterfell. Sarah Morse, Glamour, "Jon Snow's Biggest Mistakes on Game of Thrones," 30 Apr. 2019 Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex may be following the example set by his aunt, Princess Anne, whose children Zara Tindall and Peter Phillips do not have royal titles. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Why Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Might Reject a Royal Title for Their Baby," 18 Apr. 2019 Over a series of conversations, the aunts and uncles and cousins compared notes and shared information. Joanne Kaufman, WSJ, "Actress Ruth Wilson Dramatizes Her Family’s Shocking Secret," 22 Feb. 2019 My mother and aunt and Ron's wife stayed down there. Margaret Lazarus Dean, Popular Mechanics, "The Oral History of the Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster," 28 Jan. 2019 Against all odds, the article set in motion a chain of events that led a national TV news program to help Tveidt find his biological father — and identify two Anchorage-area women who a genealogist believes are his aunt and mother. Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, "An Anchorage newborn was found abandoned in a cardboard box 32 years ago. Against the odds, he found his biological father.," 12 July 2018 The generous aunt surprised the baby girl with a mini neon-green Mercedes-Benz G-Class from Mercedes Beverly Hills to twin with her mother, Kim Kardashian. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kim Kardashian's Daughter, Chicago West, Gets a Mini Mercedes G-Wagon to Match with Mom," 16 Jan. 2019 At first, Jimena and her mother were allowed to call the aunt but not allowed to call each other. Kaila White, azcentral, "Migrant girl first heard begging for help in viral recording is being held in Phoenix," 26 June 2018 She was introduced by Abbie Youkilis, the aunt of 14-year-old Jaime Guttenberg, who was among 17 people killed in the February school shooting in Parkland, Florida. Dan Sewell, Cincinnati.com, "Ex-Rep. Gabby Giffords speaks against gun violence in Ohio," 14 June 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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aunt

noun

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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