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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
agony aunt
maiden aunt
▪ A great many people love their elderly Parent or aunt sufficiently to want to look after them.
▪ Instinctively we knew that terrible things were going to happen in our elderly aunts peaceful living room.
▪ I had no brother or sister and spent my holidays with my great aunt in the Isle of Wight.
▪ We could smoke and no great aunt would smell us and croak.
▪ My great aunt used to sit in her weekly bath, scrubbing the household washing.
▪ I had a great aunt in Arbourville.
▪ All very well, as one's great aunt might say, for those who like that sort of thing.
▪ When he was eighteen months old, the family broke up, his care passing to a maiden aunt.
▪ Shorting is not for maiden aunts.
▪ The maiden aunt who was invited to Walsingham House arrived in a four-wheeler.
▪ The man of letters and the maiden aunt.
▪ Your aupair may be a born maiden aunt.
▪ Not them, nor the dress, nor the old aunts and uncles, nothing like that.
▪ Chancey, who had never known his parents, was being raised by an old aunt in extreme poverty.
▪ While writing her agony aunt column, she remained busy as a reporter, interviewing figures including Margaret Thatcher.
▪ Being agony aunt was tricky and probably quite beyond her.
▪ I am still friends with my ex-husband who takes it on himself to be my personal agony aunt.
▪ In fact they would be just as likely to turn to the agony aunt pages of a magazine.
▪ Then he sat down and typed a letter to every agony aunt he had ever heard of.
▪ He hated playing agony aunt but he couldn't afford to have Hirschfeldt falling to pieces.
▪ Claire Rayner is a novelist, broadcaster and agony aunt.
▪ Conradin's parents were dead and he lived with his aunt.
▪ We used to live with my aunt but then it got too crowded there so we moved out.
▪ And so I was left to live alone with my aunt.
▪ Reprehensible as the crime was, the girls were put on a train to Minneapolis to live with an aunt.
▪ So we went to live with my aunt in Tembisa, a township in the East Rand.
▪ He discovered that her name was Bathsheba Everdene, and that she lived with her aunt, Mrs Hurst.
▪ Her parents are dead, so she lives with an unkind aunt and her children.
▪ Look how he's remembered your aunt.
▪ I remember that my aunts thereafter decided that only cousins could come to our birthday parties.
▪ I remember two aunts and an uncle, all very dear to me, dying within a few months.
▪ This was the only time I could remember my aunt being right about anything.
▪ In the meantime, I've arranged for her daughter to stay with an aunt.
▪ He stayed with his aunt and uncle.
▪ I was going to stay with my aunt.
▪ We were going to visit my aunt and uncle who have lived there for the past five years.
▪ The next morning Lord Henry went to visit his aunt, Lady Agatha.
▪ She leaves to visit her aunt Gritty Moss; but he calls on her there, again pleading his love for her.
▪ You shall visit your aunt and uncle.
▪ Seth Bede walks with Dinah back to Hall Farm, where she is visiting her aunt.
▪ Take up walking to the shops or school. 4. Visit my ageing aunt. 5.
maternal grandfather/aunt etc
▪ He inherited the honorary title from his maternal grandfather, William Harold Pearson.
▪ Her background was middle-class, cultured, my maternal grandfather being a rabbi.
▪ We are to christen this child Pilade, being the name of Ferdinando's maternal grandfather whom he wishes to honour.
my sainted aunt!
▪ Clayton was adopted by his aunt and uncle and brought up in the working class brewery town of Tadcaster, North Yorkshire.
▪ I have stated earlier my aunt was a determined and ambitious woman.
▪ Jerome has an aunt and uncle in Laguna Hills and some relatives in South Dakota.
▪ My aunts seemed very far away, faded, sepia photographs stuck in some childhood album.
▪ So my aunt talked three friends into skating down the Mississippi to New Orleans.
▪ The aunt was a prime ally.
▪ The Dodson aunts take pride in his stance in this hour of crisis.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

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.]

  3. A bawd, or a prostitute. [Obs.]

    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.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1300, from Anglo-French aunte, Old French ante (Modern French tante, from a 13c. variant), from Latin amita "paternal aunt" diminutive of *amma a baby-talk word for "mother" (cognates: Greek amma "mother," Old Norse amma "grandmother," Middle Irish ammait "old hag," Hebrew em, Arabic umm "mother").\n

\nExtended senses include "an old woman, a gossip" (1580s); "a procuress" (1670s); and "any benevolent woman," in American English, where auntie was recorded since c.1790 as "a term often used in accosting elderly women." The French word also has become the word for "aunt" in Dutch, German (Tante), and Danish. Swedish has retained the original Germanic (and Indo-European) custom of distinguishing aunts by separate terms derived from "father's sister" (faster) and "mother's sister" (moster). The Old English equivalents were faðu and modrige. In Latin, too, the formal word for "aunt on mother's side" was matertera. Some languages have a separate term for aunts-in-law as opposed to blood relations.


n. 1 A sister or sister-in-law of someone’s parent. 2 (''also'' great-aunt ''or'' grandaunt) A person's grandparent's sister or sister-in-law. 3 (''usually'' auntie) A grandmother. 4 An affectionate term for a woman of an older generation than oneself, especially a friend of one's parents, by means of fictive kin.


n. the sister of your father or mother; the wife of your uncle [syn: auntie, aunty] [ant: uncle]


An aunt is a person who is the sister, half-sister or sister-in-law of a parent. Aunts are second-degree relatives and share 25% genetic overlap when they are the full sister of the parent. A half-aunt is a half-sister of one's parent and is a third-degree relative with 12.5% genetic overlap. If the aunt is a sister-in-law, direct genetic overlap will typically be 0%, as this person entered the family through marriage and typically is not a blood relative.

A grand-aunt (sometimes written as grand aunt, grandaunt, or great-aunt) is the sister or sister-in-law of a grandparent. The male equivalent of an aunt is an uncle, and the reciprocal relationship is that of a nephew or niece.

Usage examples of "aunt".

In fact, Abigail told me it was precisely because they had no money that her aunt and uncle in Washington refused to acknowledge them.

Aunt Pol, her splendid eyes ablaze and a fiery nimbus about her, strode through the hall.

The heavy door exploded inward, blasted into splinters, and Aunt Pol stood in the shattered doorway, her white lock ablaze and her eyes dreadful.

To-day, when Afy drove in, I asked Bag who she was, and he said it was his aunt, Lady de Courcy.

Hardfaced men--the agitators who had been prominent in the trouble from the first--mounted soap boxes at street corners, and began to label Aunt Nora as a sinister woman, and Doc Savage a murderer and worse.

Hagbart is the nephew of the bishop of the diocese, who, after much persuasion is induced to receive Agot, on condition that her aunt will remove from the district and demand no recognition from the family.

When he was eleven years of age, both his parents were killed in a climbing accident in the Aiguilles Rouges above Chamonix, and the youth came under the guardianship of an aunt, since deceased, Miss Charmian Bond, and went to live with her at the quaintly-named hamlet of Pett Bottom near Canterbury in Kent.

A few of the oldest gowns had been made for young Lysa Tully of Riverrun, however, and others Gretchel had been able to alter to fit Alayne, who was almost as long of leg at three-and-ten as her aunt had been at twenty.

Her mother was spinning, her aunt Amice plucked flower petals for a perfume, and her aunt Felice played her harp.

As for Aunt Prudence, if she had been a younger woman, Amy would have termed her expression positively coquettish!

It was only through an unlikely series of investment reverses, and the malice of her great aunt Amelia, Anadem allowed, that she had come to manage the Hotel Gijon.

We stayed at Cannes about two months, and except for the fact that Aunt Dahlia lost her shirt at baccarat and Angela nearly got inhaled by a shark while aquaplaning, a pleasant time was had by all.

I went in, and was somewhat astonished to find the aunt seated between two worthy Capuchins, who were talking small talk to her while she worked at her needle.

After a delicate little supper I took out the bills of exchange, and after telling her their history gave them up to her, to shew that I had no intention of avenging myself on her mother and aunts.

I told the aunt that I found her niece so pretty that I would renounce my bachelorhood if I could find such a mate.