from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A sister of one's grandparent.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The sister of a grandfather or grandmother. In Great Britain generally grandaunt.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The sister or sister-in-law of one’s grandparent, aunt of one’s parent.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun an aunt of your father or mother


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  • My relationship with Eva was closer than the term great-aunt usually suggests.

    Three adoptions in the family

  • I called my great-aunt and made plans to go to her apartment in Rego Park, Queens, for the holiday.


  • I don’t want to call your great-aunt and tell her I murdered you by flea bomb.


  • Soon after college when my great-aunt's copy of "The Brown Derby Cookbook" was handed down to me, I began Cobb salad experiments in my own kitchen.

    Screen Siren Cobb Salad

  • Joanna died in a violent robbery when I was three, and I continued to live with my great-aunt and great-uncle for two more years, before I was adopted by Kathryn, the only person I think of as “Mom.”

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  • I separate peas and beans for my great-aunt, just like I do for Grandpa at his house.

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  • "The boy's great-aunt, Angela Gilliam, said Lashaun was "doing good" and "taking it all in.

    N.Y. town reeling after family drowns

  • Our great-aunt had one of those old-fashioned exercise machines down there.


  • And she was my great-aunt Donna, someone that I know, someone whose voice I can hear in my head teasing me, rather than "my grandma's sister Donna, I don't know, she died when I was little" because twenty-five years ago, she got a kidney transplant.

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  • Everyone in my line can change, from my grandfather to my great-aunt Doris.

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