One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(especially among those of French, German, or Afrikaans origin) a mature or elderly woman who is related or well known to the speaker (often used as a respectful form of address)‘little Lucien was listening to the tantes whisper in French just inside the door’as name ‘I told them about my Tante Frieda in the Great War’
- ‘She moves from her parodic performance of Jewishness as the niece of "Tante Ruchel" to an equally stereotypical performance of blackness as a spy in her father's house.’
- ‘My one uncle married Tante Lily who we were given to understand was a natural child of Tante Wagner and who no doubt today was also Jewish by birth, but this was not known nor discussed then.’
- ‘"I wrote to your Tante Henriette, " Mutti said, with a nervous glance towards the hall and the sitting room".’
French, Dutch tante, German Tante ‘aunt’.
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