1. The sister of one's father or mother; correlative to nephew or niece. Also applied to an uncle's wife.

Aunt is sometimes applied as a title or term of endearment to a kind elderly woman not thus related.

2. An old woman; and old gossip.

3. A bawd, or a prostitute. Aunt Sally, a puppet head placed on a pole and having a pipe in its mouth; also a game, which consists in trying to hit the pipe by throwing short bludgeons at it.

Origin: OF. Ante, F. Tante, L. Amita father's sister. Cf. Amma.

(01 Mar 1998)

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