Definitions for auntænt, ɑnt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

aunt*ænt, ɑnt(n.)

  1. the sister of one's father or mother.

  2. the wife of one's uncle.

  3. Chiefly New Eng. and South Midland U.S. (used as a term of respectful address to an older woman unrelated to the speaker.)

    Category: Dialect

* Pron: In New England and E Virginia, a “broad a” pronunciation of aunt , resembling either the (ӓ) of car or a vowel midway in quality between (ӓ) and the (a) of hat, occurs in the speech of all social groups, even those who do not use the sound in words like dance and laugh.

Origin of aunt:

1250–1300; ME aunte < AF, for OF ante < L amita father's sister, old fem. ptp. of amāre to love, i.e., beloved

Princeton's WordNet

  1. aunt, auntie, aunty(noun)

    the sister of your father or mother; the wife of your uncle

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. aunt(noun)ænt, ɑnt

    the sister of sb's mother or father

    all my aunts and uncles


  1. aunt(Noun)

    a sister or sister-in-law of someoneu2019s parent

  2. aunt(Noun)

    (also great-aunt or grandaunt) a person's grandparent's sister or sister-in-law.

  3. aunt(Noun)

    (usually auntie) a grandmother.

  4. aunt(Noun)

    an affectionate term for a woman of an older generation than oneself, especially a friend of one's parents, by means of fictive kin.

  5. Origin: From aunte, from aunte, from ante, from amita. Displaced native modrie (from modrige; compare ).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Aunt(noun)

    the sister of one's father or mother; -- correlative to nephew or niece. Also applied to an uncle's wife

  2. Aunt(noun)

    an old woman; and old gossip

  3. Aunt(noun)

    a bawd, or a prostitute


  1. Aunt

    An aunt is a person who is the sister or sister-in-law of a parent. A great-aunt is the sister or sister-in-law of a grandparent. The male equivalent of an aunt is an uncle, and the reciprocal relationship is that of a nephew or niece. "Aunt" may also be an honorific bestowed upon an individual of fictive kinship.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'aunt' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3205

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'aunt' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4454

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'aunt' in Nouns Frequency: #1313

Translations for aunt

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the sister of one's father or mother, or the wife of one's uncle

My Aunt Anne died last week; The child went to the circus with her aunt.

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