Definition of tante in English:


Pronunciation: /ˈtantə//tɑːnt//tɑ̃ːt/


  • (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.’
    • ‘"I wrote to your Tante Henriette, " Mutti said, with a nervous glance towards the hall and the sitting room".’
    • ‘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.’


French, Dutch tante, German Tante aunt.