English - Etymology
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”)).
English - Pronunciation
- enPR: änt, IPA(key): /ɑ(ː)nt/ (in the Received Pronunciation of the UK; in Australia; in the US, New England and Virginia, where it is the most common pronunciation)
- Rhymes: -ɑːnt
- Homophone: aren't (in some non-rhotic accents)
- enPR: ănt, IPA(key): /ænt/ (in the northern UK; in Canada; in the US, where it is the most common pronunciation in all regions except New England and Virginia)
- Rhymes: -ænt
- Homophone: ant
- IPA(key): /ɒnt/ (in the Maritime provinces of Canada)
- enPR: ônt, IPA(key): /ɔnt/ (in the US, primarily in New England)
- IPA(key): /ptɪnt/ (in the Southern US)
- Homophone: ain't
English - Noun
- A sister or sister-in-law of someone’s parent.
- (also great-aunt or grandaunt) A person's grandparent's sister or sister-in-law.
- (usually auntie) A grandmother.
- An affectionate term for a woman of an older generation than oneself, especially a friend of one's parents, by means of fictive kin.
- auntie, aunty
- agony aunt
- big auntie
- little auntie
- mine aunt
Several languages distinguish between blood aunts (one’s parent’s sister) and in-law aunts (one’s parent’s sister-in-law), some distinguish between paternal and maternal aunts, and some distinguish between one’s parent’s older siblings and younger siblings.