Definition of aunt in English:



  • 1The sister of one's father or mother or the wife of one's uncle.

    ‘she was brought up by her aunt and uncle’
    • ‘I have one sister and both of my parents are only children, so there are no aunts, uncles or cousins.’
    • ‘While her husband survived, she lost her grandmother, her sister, a dozen aunts and uncles, and many cousins.’
    • ‘We know that, like her great aunts, she never married though she had many aunts and uncles who gave her 17 cousins.’
    • ‘Not just the immediate family, but including all my aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews.’
    • ‘Your parent would have no brothers or sisters and hence you couldn't have aunts or uncles, let alone cousins.’
    • ‘Years ago I met the elderly aunt of a friend, who told us about a frightening experience in her childhood.’
    • ‘There is a great loyalty to one's immediate family and even beyond - to uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews.’
    • ‘Families used to mean a father and mother, grandparents, and the children, and aunts and uncles and cousins.’
    • ‘I spent every summer vacation at my grandmother's house in Pune with several aunts and uncles and hordes of cousins.’
    • ‘Female baboons tend to form the tightest bonds with their mothers, aunts, and sisters.’
    • ‘When a man goes to prison, wives, sisters, mothers and aunts often work to keep the family together.’
    • ‘We thank all our aunts, uncles and cousins who stayed with our father during the evenings so that he would not be alone.’
    • ‘Zoe recalls going to her grandparents for Christmas tea with all the aunts, uncles and cousins.’
    • ‘Our girls need their mothers and fathers, their aunts and uncles, but they need their big sisters too.’
    • ‘These are our grandmothers and aunts and uncles and fathers and sisters and cousins and close friends.’
    • ‘We spent our summers at our tiny pool or at the beach along the Caspian Sea with aunts, uncles and cousins.’
    • ‘I'm from a small, low-key family with no aunts, uncles or cousins.’
    • ‘It was very important to this toddler to work out what relationship I had to his grandmother, his mother and his other aunts and uncles.’
    relative, relation, blood relation, blood relative, family member, one's own flesh and blood, next of kin
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    1. 1.1informal An unrelated adult female friend, especially of a child.
      companion, duenna, protectress, escort, governess, nursemaid, carer, keeper, protector, bodyguard, minder
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  • my sainted aunt!

    • dated, informal An exclamation expressing surprise or disbelief.

      ‘my sainted aunt! Whatever next?’


Middle English: from Old French ante, from Latin amita.