\ 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 Cynthia Green, Sincere Pierce’s aunt and adoptive mother, spoke about the toll the shooting has taken on her family. Tyler Vazquez, USA TODAY, "Lawsuit blames 'culture of recklessness' in Florida sheriff's office for fatal shooting of Black teens," 24 Apr. 2021 Woodward, now 38, became a seamstress and began designing ribbon skirts in honor of her aunt and other missing women, eventually creating the company ReeCreations in 2018. Author: Cecilia Nowell, Anchorage Daily News, "Violence against Indigenous women is a crisis. Deb Haaland’s new Missing & Murdered Unit could help, advocates say.," 20 Apr. 2021 My mom, aunt, and uncle were too young to remember [them] fully. Jeff Ewing, Forbes, "Interview: ‘Sator’ Director Jordan Graham Talks The Narrative-Documentary Horror Hybrid," 14 Apr. 2021 Bailey left the Valley for two decades to travel the world as a professional dancer but returned to care for his aunt in the mid-2000s after she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Emily Wilder, The Arizona Republic, "Sisters in the ICU, a father whisked away: Group mourns loved ones lost to COVID-19," 9 Oct. 2020 My father and my uncle opened a drop-off store for my aunt. Steve Metsch,, "Down to Business: Q&A with owner of Naperville shoe repair biz: ’He’s turned my old shoes into new’," 1 Sep. 2020 For Chambers’ aunt, it’s about the police doing more than just driving through the neighborhood. Phil Matier,, "Oakland victim’s family: Slain ‘Lil Jeff’ mattered," 2 Aug. 2020 Cullers-Doty is the aunt of Marcus Golden, who was killed by St. Paul Police in 2015. Nicole Norfleet, Star Tribune, "Prayer service on eve of Derek Chauvin trial urges peace, unity and justice," 28 Mar. 2021 As is often the case in such situations the outcome seems anti-climactic, except perhaps to the fifth aunt., "Species threatened, corporations ascendant, death discussed," 25 Mar. 2021

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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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“Aunt.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 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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