Aunty vs. Aunt

By Jaxson

  • Aunt

    An aunt is a person who is the sister, half-sister, step-sister, or sister-in-law of a parent, or the wife of one’s uncle or aunt, but can also be an affectionate title for an older nurturing woman. Aunts are second-degree relatives and share 25% genetic overlap when they are the full sister of one of the biological parents. Known alternate terms include Auntie or Aunty. A half-aunt is a half-sister of one’s parent and is a third-degree relative with 12.5% genetic overlap. If the aunt is a step-sister or sister-in-law, direct genetic overlap will typically be 0%, as this person entered the family through marriage and typically is not a blood relative.

    A grand-aunt (sometimes written as grand aunt, grandaunt, or great-aunt) is the sister, half- or step-sister, or sister-in-law of a grandparent, or the wife of one’s grand-uncle or grand-aunt. The male equivalent of an aunt is an uncle, and the reciprocal relationship is that of a nephew or niece.

  • Aunty (noun)

    alternative spelling of auntie

  • Aunt (noun)

    The sister or sister-in-law of one’s parent.

  • Aunt (noun)

    A woman of an older generation than oneself, especially a friend of one’s parents, by means of fictive kin.

  • Aunt (noun)

    Any elderly woman.

  • Aunt (noun)

    A procuress or bawd.


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