from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- 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.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The sister of one's father or mother; -- correlative to nephew or niece. Also applied to an uncle's wife.
- n. An old woman; and old gossip.
- n. A bawd, or a prostitute.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the sister of your father or mother; the wife of your uncle
Middle English aunte, from Anglo-Norman, from Latin amita, paternal aunt.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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)