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From Middle English aunte, a borrowing 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.
    • 2007, Nancy Eshelman, A Piece of My Mind: Columns from the Patriot-News, page 35:
      I mentioned another aunt, my late mother's sister, who's about the same age.
  2. (Can we verify(+) this sense?) (informal) A great-aunt/grandaunt.
  3. (Can we verify(+) this sense?) A grandmother. (More often "auntie".)
  4. 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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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