aunt

Definitions

  • A monkey is in the window behind Aunt Thankful
    A monkey is in the window behind Aunt Thankful
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n aunt the sister of your father or mother; the wife of your uncle
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Additional illustrations & photos:

AUNT SUSAN'S MOTHER AUNT SUSAN'S MOTHER
Uncle Joe and Aunt Betsy Uncle Joe and Aunt Betsy
The call at Aunt March's The call at Aunt March's
Aunt Jabisca Aunt Jabisca

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Aunt Jemima pancake flour, invented in 1889, was the first ready-mix food to be sold commercially.
    • Aunt A bawd, or a prostitute.
    • Aunt An old woman; and old gossip.
    • Aunt The sister of one's father or mother; -- correlative to nephew or niece. Also applied to an uncle's wife.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: While seeking a name and package design for the world's first self-rising pancake mix, creator Chris L. Rutt saw a vaudeville team known as Baker and Farrell whose act included Baker singing the catchy song "Aunt Jemima" dressed as a Southern mammy. Inspired by the wholesome name and image, Rutt appropriated them both to market his new pancake mix.
    • n aunt The sister of one's father or mother; also, in address or familiar use, the wife of one's uncle.
    • n aunt Formerly used by alumni of Oxford and Cambridge as a title for the “sister university.”
    • n aunt An old woman; an old gossip.
    • n aunt A procuress; a loose woman.
    • n aunt The head so used.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Aunt änt a father's or a mother's sister—also the wife of one's uncle:
    • n Aunt änt (obs.) an old woman, a gossip, a procuress or bawd
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Idioms

Agony aunt - An agony aunt is a newspaper columnist who gives advice to people having problems, especially personal ones.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. ante, F. tante, L. amita, father's sister. Cf. Amma
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. ante (Fr. tante)—L. amita, a father's sister.

Usage

In literature:

Aunt Nan is next best.
"Virginia of Elk Creek Valley" by Mary Ellen Chase
Aunt Barbara marched up the stairway and led the way to the east bedroom.
"Betty Leicester" by Sarah Orne Jewett
Aunt Gary was busy making visits, I think.
"Daisy" by Elizabeth Wetherell
HOW AUNT JANET'S PRAYER WAS ANSWERED.
"The Orphans of Glen Elder" by Margaret Murray Robertson
As for the two most immediately concerned, they thought nothing at all about aunts or livings.
"The Perpetual Curate" by Mrs [Margaret] Oliphant
That afternoon, after Aunt Victoria had arrived, Lady Benyon and Aunt Grace Mary called.
"The Beth Book" by Sarah Grand
Aunt Betty told me the story one night, years ago.
"Dorothy's Triumph" by Evelyn Raymond
But Elizabeth did not yet understand her aunt, any more than her aunt understood her.
"'Lizbeth of the Dale" by Marian Keith
To think of Aunt Agnes dropping in on Aunt Helen, or Aunt Helen drinking tea with Aunt Agnes!
"A Romantic Young Lady" by Robert Grant
There are tears in my eyes as the music ceases, and my aunt turns once more towards me.
"Our Home in the Silver West" by Gordon Stables
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In poetry:


In the drinking-well
(Which the plumber built her)
Aunt Eliza fell, --
We must buy a filter.
"Aunt Eliza" by Harry Graham
We're The Twins from Aunt Marinn's,
Igo and Ago.
When Dad comes, the show begins!--
Iram, coram, dago.
""Igo And Ago"" by James Whitcomb Riley
Then on-to play one-fingered tunes
Upon my aunt's piano.
In short, I have a headlong soul,
I much resemble Hanno.
"On the Disastrous Spread of Aestheticism in all Classes" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
Aunt seldom smiles at Liz and me,
But often frowns and stares;
And if we speak a word at tea,
It's awful how she glares!
"A Little Boys Ideas" by John Joy Bell
The wind is keen, the frost is dread,
Toward the icy water,
By aunt and mother forth is led
The fisher's lovely daughter.
"The First Bath Of Ablution" by Morris Rosenfeld
She says that Liz and me are rude,
And once she kicked our cat —
I do not think it's any good
To have an Aunt like that!
"A Little Boys Ideas" by John Joy Bell

In news:

That's especially true when most of your aunts and uncles have passed, too, and suddenly you realize younow are in the oldest generation of your family.
Aunt Carrie wasn't afraid to fight.
Larry Dean Fiscus, 64, of St Paul, was charged Nov 2, 2012 with felony financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult in dealings with his aunt, Corrine Merrick.
This paranormal romance is two love stories in one: headstrong Amelia and patient-to-a-fault Eric, and the long-ago tragic romance of Amelia's aunt Catherine and Keegan, the ghost who inhabits Amelia's lighthouse.
The aunt of a two-year-old boy reportedly kidnapped him from a McAllen home Wednesday afternoon.
When I was younger, every year I would go help my Aunt Janis wrap presents before our huge family Christmas Eve Party.
His aunt and uncle owned a house in the Camp Ground and David had come to visit.
This Thanksgiving, when you hand over the cranberries and pumpkin pie to Aunt Sally and Grandpa Joe, you might take a minute to think about the DNA around the dining room table.
Tom Vilsack's great-aunt in Iowa had a thing for almonds .
Lady Antebellum Feud With Charles Kelley's 'Estranged Aunt' in Hilarious New Webisode.
Mary Jane Hitt is this week's Local Flavor: Recipes We Love winner, thanks to her Aunt Bernie's Cran- Apple Pie recipe, long a beloved dessert in her family.
Mary Jane Hitt is this week's Local Flavor: Recipes We Love winner, thanks to her Aunt Bernie's Cran-Apple Pie recipe, long a beloved dessert in her family.
A man who killed his father in front of a computer science class at a community college was a "borderline genius" upset by the belief he had inherited Asperger 's Syndrome from his dad, an aunt of the killer said Monday.
A record from the Auschwitz concentration camp shows that Branca's Aunt Irma, Kati's sister, died there in May 1942.
That's why your Aunt Flo still sends you bunny slippers for Christmas.
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In science:

The above definition defines the two predicates uncle and aunt simultaneously.
SLDNFA-system
Each person record has a field which determines this person 's relationship with a householder . This field can take different values: "husband/wife", "natural born son/daughter", "uncle/aunt" so on.
Clustering with Prototype Extraction for Census Data Analysis
Uranus flaunted its brightest-ever NIR cloud feature (IAU Circ. 8586).
Astrophysics in 2005
My aunt after my explanation of particle physics (P.
Science,technology and society
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