grand·​aunt ˈgrand-ˈant How to pronounce grandaunt (audio)
: the aunt of one's father or mother

called also great-aunt

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web There, under the tutelage of a maternal grandaunt, she was taught ancient Irish ways of life known as the Brehon laws. New York Times, 24 Feb. 2022 Initially, the group was run by advisors handpicked by Birla’s grandaunt, Priyamvada Birla. Sangeeta Tanwar, Quartz India, 17 June 2019 Burns is one of many black people who, in addition to biological mothers, have aunts, grandaunts, or other women who have played a hand in their upbringing. Brandon T. Harden,, 11 May 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1675, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of grandaunt was in 1675

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Cite this Entry

“Grandaunt.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

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grand·​aunt ˈgran-ˈdant How to pronounce grandaunt (audio)
: an aunt of one's father or mother
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