Aunt Definition

ănt, änt
aunts
noun
aunts
The sister of one's father or mother.
American Heritage
A sister of one's mother or father.
Webster's New World
The wife of a sibling of one's mother or father.
American Heritage
The wife of one's uncle.
Webster's New World
Used as a form of address for an older woman, especially by children.
American Heritage
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(sister of someone's father) Paternal aunt.
Wiktionary
(sister of someone's mother) Maternal aunt.
Wiktionary

Other Word Forms of Aunt

Noun

Singular:
aunt
Plural:
aunts

Origin of Aunt

  • From Middle English aunte, from Anglo-Norman aunte, from Old French ante, from Latin amita (“father's sister”). Displaced native Middle English modrie (“aunt”) (from Old English mōdriġe (“maternal aunt”); compare Old English faþu, faþe (“paternal aunt”)).

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English aunte from Anglo-Norman from Latin amita paternal aunt

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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