aunt
noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old French ante, from Latin amita; akin to Old High German amma mother, nurse, Greek amma nurse Date: 14th century 1. the sister of one's father or mother 2. the wife of one's uncle • aunthood nounauntlike adjectiveauntly adjective

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  • Aunt — Aunt, n. [OF. ante, F. tante, L. amita father s sister. Cf. {Amma}.] 1. The sister of one s father or mother; correlative to nephew or niece. Also applied to an uncle s wife. [1913 Webster] Note: Aunt is sometimes applied as a title or term of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • aunt — (n.) c.1300, from Anglo Fr. aunte, from O.Fr. ante (Mod.Fr. tante, from a 13c. variant), from L. amita paternal aunt dim. of *amma a baby talk word for mother (Cf. Gk. amma mother, O.N. amma grandmother, M.Ir. ammait old hag, Heb. em …   Etymology dictionary

  • aunt — aunt; aunt·sary; ble·aunt; aunt·ie; …   English syllables

  • aunt — [a:nt US ænt] n [Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: ante, from Latin amita] the sister of your father or mother, or the wife of your father s or mother s brother ▪ Aunt Mary →↑agony aunt …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • aunt — [ ænt ] noun count *** the sister of your mother or father, or the wife of your UNCLE: I loved visiting my aunt and uncle. Hello, Aunt Betty …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • aunt — [ant, änt] n. [ME & OFr aunte < L amita, paternal aunt, dim. of * amma, mother (< baby talk)] 1. a sister of one s mother or father 2. the wife of one s uncle …   English World dictionary

  • aunt — ► NOUN ▪ the sister of one s father or mother or the wife of one s uncle. ORIGIN Old French ante, from Latin amita …   English terms dictionary

  • aunt —    The first name of the aunt concerned normally follows this term in direct address, especially when young nephews and nieces are using it. As they become adults they are more likely to use ‘aunt’ on its own, or to make use of the first name.… …   A dictionary of epithets and terms of address

  • aunt — auntlike, adj. /ant, ahnt/, n. 1. the sister of one s father or mother. 2. the wife of one s uncle. 3. Chiefly New England and South Midland U.S. (used as a term of respectful address to an older woman who is not related to the speaker). 4. Slang …   Universalium

  • aunt — [[t]ɑ͟ːnt, æ̱nt[/t]] ♦♦ aunts N FAMILY; N TITLE Someone s aunt is the sister of their mother or father, or the wife of their uncle. → See also agony aunt She wrote to her aunt in America... It was a present from Aunt Vera …   English dictionary

  • aunt */*/*/ — UK [ɑːnt] / US [ænt] noun [countable] Word forms aunt : singular aunt plural aunts the sister of your mother or father, or the wife of your uncle I loved visiting my aunt and uncle. Hello, Aunt Betty …   English dictionary

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