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Definition of Aunt

(noun) A sister or sister-in-law of an individual’s parent; a wife of an individual’s uncle.

Example of Aunt

  • Selma and Patty are the aunts of Bart, Lisa, and Maggie on The Simpsons.

Aunt Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: aunt

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /ɑnt/
  • British English – /ɑːnt/

Usage Notes

  • Plural: aunts
  • A greataunt (great-aunt) or grandaunt (grand-aunt) is the aunt of an individual’s parent.
  • A maiden aunt is an unmarried aunt and an aunt-in-law is an aunt by marriage (affinity) instead of blood (consanguinity).
  • A maternal aunt is mother’s sister and a paternal aunt is a father’s sister.
  • An aunt’s sibling’s child is either a niece if male or a nephew if female.
  • The male equivalent of an aunt is an uncle.
  • Informally called: auntie (aunty)
  • The term (adjective) materteral and (adjective) materine means relating to an aunt and an aunt exhibits (noun) aunthood.

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Reference

Strong, Bryan, Christine DeVault, and Theodore F. Cohen. 2011. The Marriage and Family Experience: Intimate Relationships in a Changing Society. 11th ed. Boston: Cengage Learning.

Cite the Definition of Aunt

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “aunt.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved November 13, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/aunt/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

aunt. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/aunt/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “aunt.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed November 13, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/aunt/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“aunt.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 13 Nov. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/aunt/>.