nounEtymology: Middle English, from Old French ante, from Latin amita; akin to Old High German amma mother, nurse, Greek amma nurse Date: 14th century 1. the sister of one's father or mother 2. the wife of one's uncle • aunthoodnoun • auntlikeadjective • auntlyadjective
n. 1 the sister of one's father or mother. 2 an uncle's wife. 3 colloq. an unrelated woman friend of a child or children. Phrases and idioms: Aunt Sally 1 a game in which players throw sticks or balls at a wooden dummy. 2 the object of an unreasonable attack. my (or my sainted etc.) aunt sl. an exclamation of surprise, disbelief, etc. Etymology: ME f. AF aunte, OF ante, f. L amita
Aunt Aunt, n. [OF. ante, F. tante, L. amita father's sister. Cf. Amma.] 1. The sister of one's father or mother; -- correlative to nephew or niece. Also applied to an uncle's wife. Note: Aunt is sometimes applied as a title or term of endearment to a kind elderly woman not thus related. 2. An old woman; and old gossip. [Obs.] --Shak. 3. A bawd, or a prostitute. [Obs.] --Shak. Aunt Sally, a puppet head placed on a pole and having a pipe in its mouth; also a game, which consists in trying to hit the pipe by throwing short bludgeons at it.
(aunts)Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English. Someone's aunt is the sister of their mother or father, or the wife of their uncle. She wrote to her aunt in America...It was a present from Aunt Vera.N-FAMILY; N-TITLEsee alsoagony aunt