One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The sister of one's father or mother or the wife of one's uncle.
relative, relation, blood relation, blood relative, family member, one's own flesh and blood, next of kinView synonyms
- ‘We thank all our aunts, uncles and cousins who stayed with our father during the evenings so that he would not be alone.’
- ‘Female baboons tend to form the tightest bonds with their mothers, aunts, and sisters.’
- ‘Not just the immediate family, but including all my aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews.’
- ‘While her husband survived, she lost her grandmother, her sister, a dozen aunts and uncles, and many cousins.’
- ‘Families used to mean a father and mother, grandparents, and the children, and aunts and uncles and cousins.’
- ‘We know that, like her great aunts, she never married though she had many aunts and uncles who gave her 17 cousins.’
- ‘Our girls need their mothers and fathers, their aunts and uncles, but they need their big sisters too.’
- ‘We spent our summers at our tiny pool or at the beach along the Caspian Sea with aunts, uncles and cousins.’
- ‘These are our grandmothers and aunts and uncles and fathers and sisters and cousins and close friends.’
- ‘I spent every summer vacation at my grandmother's house in Pune with several aunts and uncles and hordes of cousins.’
- ‘Zoe recalls going to her grandparents for Christmas tea with all the aunts, uncles and cousins.’
- ‘I'm from a small, low-key family with no aunts, uncles or cousins.’
- ‘I have one sister and both of my parents are only children, so there are no aunts, uncles or cousins.’
- ‘Your parent would have no brothers or sisters and hence you couldn't have aunts or uncles, let alone cousins.’
- ‘There is a great loyalty to one's immediate family and even beyond - to uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘When a man goes to prison, wives, sisters, mothers and aunts often work to keep the family together.’
- ‘Years ago I met the elderly aunt of a friend, who told us about a frightening experience in her childhood.’
- 1.1informal An unrelated older woman friend, especially of a child.
Middle English: from Old French ante, from Latin amita.
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