One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An aunt of one's father or mother.
- ‘His sister-in-law, my great-aunt, is the last one left in his generation.’
- ‘Now a DNA comparison between the woman he claims is his great-aunt and his own grandfather may finally put the matter beyond all doubt.’
- ‘You could show the book to your great-aunt Jane and she would think it was lovely.’
- ‘I am due to inherit some sizeable pieces of Georgian furniture and large paintings from a great-aunt.’
- ‘Other people in my family have died over the years - all my grandparents, great-aunts and uncles and so on.’
- ‘I, who once had been a lonely little girl, am now mother, mother-in-law, aunt, great-aunt, grandmother, and great grand mother!’
- ‘And when you think back to your aunts and your great-aunts and the story of your family, can you remember stories of men who had intellectual disability?’
- ‘They had never had a proper home as a family in Germany: touring with the dance company and staying in rooming houses, the children living most of the time with their grandmother and great-aunts, away from the parents.’
- ‘Thus a grand-father is a father of a parent of yours and great-aunt or grand-aunt is the name given to an aunt of your parent's.’
- ‘Maybe it was just the fact that I grew up near the ‘old home places’ but I knew a great-uncle and a great-aunt when they were well into their nineties.’
- ‘Where you usually have a nuclear family living together and nobody else, we will often have not just a nuclear family but cousins, aunts, great-aunts, uncles. The extended family lives together, tightly knit.’
- ‘The author admitted that it was an inability to write another cookery book after 25 years on the subject that prompted her to investigate a family rumour that a great-aunt died of a broken heart.’
- ‘I'm not just saying this for effect: my mother corrected me recently when I spoke of her aunt, my great-aunt, in the present tense.’
- ‘The name came from a great-aunt on my mother's side, whom I never knew.’
- ‘He was flying to Washington with his mom to visit a great-aunt.’
- ‘Oh, and yes, you read the obituary correctly - he is survived by his older sister, my great-aunt Shirley.’
- ‘Her great-aunt disliked her natural mother and had no hopes for her daughter, ‘the black lamb of the black sheep.’’
- ‘Looking at a picture of my great-grandmother and my great-aunt together in 1898, I was compelled to find out more.’
- ‘Michael worked the pub and took it over from my great-aunt.’
- ‘I have an aunt, a great-aunt and a great-great-grandmother all named Lisa.’
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