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aunt

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Pronunciation: /ɑːnt
 
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Definition of aunt in English:

noun

1The sister of one’s father or mother or the wife of one’s uncle: she was brought up by her aunt and uncle
More example sentences
  • 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.
  • While her husband survived, she lost her grandmother, her sister, a dozen aunts and uncles, and many cousins.
1.1 informal An unrelated adult female friend, especially of a child.

Origin

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

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  • apron from (Middle English):

    What we now call an apron was known in the Middle Ages as a naperon, from Old French nape or nappe ‘tablecloth’ (also the source of napkin (Late Middle English) and its shortening nappy (early 20th century)). Somewhere along the line the initial ‘n’ got lost, as people heard ‘a naperon’ and misinterpreted this as ‘an apron’. A similar process of ‘wrong division’ took place with words such as adder.

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