aunt

noun
\ ˈant How to pronounce aunt (audio) , 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 How to pronounce aunthood (audio) \ noun
auntlike \ -​ˌlīk How to pronounce auntlike (audio) \ 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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Durant’s shoe line is named after his favorite aunt, who died of lung cancer in 2000, so any new release has a personal meaning to him. Steve Reed, The Seattle Times, "NBA Fashion: All-Stars break out specialty shoes for weekend," 11 Feb. 2019 But Sabrina—who lost both parents in a mysterious accident and was raised by her aunts—has some lingering doubts, particularly about preserving her free will. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina," 18 Dec. 2018 Sándor and his older daughter, my aunt Marika, barely survived the Nazi camps. András Szántó, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Budapest Is Europe's Unlikely Capital of Hedonism," 29 Aug. 2018 Aureli, who wants to become a pediatrician, came to Houston for a few weeks to visit his aunt, who lives in the city. Alex Park, Houston Chronicle, "Youths explore medicine at Global Teen Medical Summit," 13 July 2018 His aunt, Jennifer Andrews, started the business in Alberta, Canada. Gwen Ashley Walters, azcentral, "Edible cookie dough: Where in metro Phoenix to buy dough that's safe to eat," 13 July 2018 Your lesbian aunt’s favorite band, the Indigo Girls, was there. Zoë Madonna, BostonGlobe.com, "With big assists from Moreno and Giddens, the Pops envisions a welcoming America," 5 July 2018 Lauderdale; his parents, his brother, Christopher W. Aliff; his nephew, Hunter David Wilson;his niece, Autumn Marie Aliff, all of Morgantown, WV; his aunt, Doris Aliff, of Charleston, WV, and several cousins. Sun-Sentinel.com, "Deaths in South Florida: 7/4," 4 July 2018 Ballast Point Brewing Company’s James Murray found inspiration in a spruce-needle tea brewed by an employee’s aunt. William Bostwick, WSJ, "The Taste of Winter, Brewed and Bottled," 21 Feb. 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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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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