American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The sister of one's father or mother.
- n. The wife of one's uncle.
- n. Used as a form of address for an older woman, especially by children.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The sister of one's father or mother; also, in address or familiar use, the wife of one's uncle.
- n. Formerly used by alumni of Oxford and Cambridge as a title for the “sister university.”
- n. An old woman; an old gossip.
- n. A procuress; a loose woman.
- n. The head so used.
- n. A sister or sister-in-law of someone’s parent.
- n. A person's grandparent's sister or sister-in-law.
- n. A grandmother.
- n. An affectionate term for a woman of an older generation than oneself, especially a friend of one's parents, by means of fictive kin.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The sister of one's father or mother; -- correlative to
nephewor niece. Also applied to an uncle's wife.
- n. obsolete An old woman; and old gossip.
- n. obsolete A bawd, or a prostitute.
- n. the sister of your father or mother; the wife of your uncle
- From Middle English aunte, from Anglo-Norman aunte, from Old French ante, from Latin amita ("father's sister"). Displaced native Middle English modrie ("aunt") (from Old English mōdriġe ("maternal aunt"); compare Old English faþu, faþe ("paternal aunt")). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English aunte, from Anglo-Norman, from Latin amita, paternal aunt. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Not aunt," cried Oliver, throwing his arms about her neck, "I'll never call her _aunt_.”
“My brother says my aunt is a liar, she just wants to get us there," Viridiana says, rummaging through John's desk.”
“And my aunt is a very optimistic person, so I gave Bessy that indomitable quality.”
“Honestly, I was curious about it, I wanted to see how they help people, because my aunt is a horder.”
“They learn James went to Scotland with friends who know his aunt is a vampire; their fathers belong to belong to the Order of the Silver Palm who will use Olivia and James as expendable pawns to get the Blood Grail they think Reign has.”
“Since my aunt is a librarian we got 7 copies on the 1st day.”
“Thank God for the internet, and thank my dad for the laptop, at least I will not be bored till my aunt is here.”
“I cannot take you with me, because my aunt is the crossest woman alive, and never liked young people: but the hens will lay eggs for you; there is barley-meal in the barrel; and, as you have been a good girl, I'll tell you what to do when you feel lonely.”
“How happy I should be if I had a sister, for I have no one to talk to, no one to kiss me and play with me, and if ever I say I am sad my aunt is angry.”
“And the root of this unwillingness was pride, and an unforgiving remembrance of what she called her aunt's harshness to her.”
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