\ 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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Berry said that either the baby's aunt or mother called 911 around 1:28 p.m., the baby was transported to Phoenix Children's Hospital in unknown condition. Molly Hudson, azcentral, "5-month-old baby hospitalized after left in car at Goodyear Target," 16 June 2019 His family relies on his wife’s aunt, who lives with them, and an additional babysitter to help with child care. Lisa Lerer, New York Times, "‘Who’s Taking Care of the Kids?’ Is Finally a Question for Dads on the Trail, Too," 16 June 2019 His family relies on his wife’s aunt, who lives with them, and an additional baby sitter to help with child care. Lisa Lerer,, "‘Who’s taking care of the kids?’ Is finally a question for dads on the trail, too," 16 June 2019 The young teen shares the same name as her late grandmother Antonia, who was her dad Joe and aunt Teresa’s mother. Eric Todisco,, "RHONJ Star Melissa Gorga's Daughter Antonia, 13, Looks All Grown Up as She Attends 8th Grade Dance," 14 June 2019 The couple plans to call the newest family member Mickey for short, according to an Instagram post from Mickey's aunt. Michelle Lou, CNN, "Robin Williams' grandson is named after him," 13 June 2019 Lassai’s aunt, Keisha Dominique remembered her niece as a talented dancer, playful and someone who joked around with people. Olivia Prentzel,, "Woman booked in connection with fatal shooting of 23-year-old in New Orleans East," 12 June 2019 She’s encouraged by her mentor to consider her craft ancestors: mother, grandmother, aunts. Longreads, "Demonology: A Woman’s Right to Fury," 10 June 2019 With just six episodes this season, a lead nod might be a bit of a stretch, though killing your aunt/lover gave Jon Snow a grand sendoff. Glenn Whipp,, "Which 'Game of Thrones' actors deserve Emmy nominations for its final season?," 5 June 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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to take the place or position of

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