Aunt meaning

ănt, änt
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A sister of one's mother or father.
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The definition of an aunt is the sister or sister-in-law of one of your parents.

An example of aunt is your father's sister.

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The wife of one's uncle.
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(sister of someone's father) Paternal aunt.
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(sister of someone's mother) Maternal aunt.
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A sister or sister-in-law of someone’s parent.
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(also great-aunt or grandaunt) A person's grandparent's sister or sister-in-law.
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(usually auntie) A grandmother.
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An affectionate term for a woman of an older generation than oneself, especially a friend of one's parents, by means of fictive kin.
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Used as a form of address for an older woman, especially by children.
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Origin of aunt

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

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

  • 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