From Middle English aunte, borrowed 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)).



aunt (plural aunts)

  1. The sister or sister-in-law of one’s parent.
    • 1923, P.G. Wodehouse, The Inimitable Jeeves:
      As a rule, you see, I'm not lugged into Family Rows. On the occasions when Aunt is calling to Aunt like mastodons bellowing across primeval swamps and Uncle James's letter about Cousin Mabel's peculiar behaviour is being shot round the family circle... the clan has a tendency to ignore me.
  2. (endearing) The female cousin of one’s parent.
  3. (endearing) A woman of an older generation than oneself, especially a friend of one's parents, by means of fictive kin.
  4. (obsolete) Any elderly woman.
  5. (obsolete) A procuress or bawd.



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Several languages distinguish between blood aunts (one’s parent’s sister) and in-law aunts (one’s parent’s sister-in-law), some distinguish between paternal and maternal aunts, and some distinguish between one’s parent’s older siblings and younger siblings.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 The Dialect Survey of US pronunciations