In the event that no aunt exists, a female elder in the community takes this role on.
"It was incredibly moving seeing Natasha with her mother and aunt on set," he says.
“My aunt says you can borrow the chadri as long as you need it,” Muhammad said, beaming.
My aunt Sadie, God bless her, gave us some kind of a stipend that kept us alive.
"I need to speak to my aunt," I said tersely, not wanting to speak to Zardari.
Your aunt must have dainties to tempt her appetite and so keep up her strength.
This is my aunt; such malice can be engendered nowhere else.
Well, you see, it's nicer here by the river, and it's cheaper too; and—how's aunt Kate?
Yet this was but a shallow artifice, unworthy of my Machiavellian aunt.
I've written Mother to persuade your aunt, and she has promised to try.
c.1300, from Anglo-French aunte, Old French ante (Modern French tante, from a 13c. variant), from Latin amita "paternal aunt" diminutive of *amma a baby-talk word for "mother" (cf. Greek amma "mother," Old Norse amma "grandmother," Middle Irish ammait "old hag," Hebrew em, Arabic umm "mother").
Extended senses include "an old woman, a gossip" (1580s); "a procuress" (1670s); and "any benevolent woman," in American English, where auntie was recorded since c.1790 as "a term often used in accosting elderly women." The French word also has become the word for "aunt" in Dutch, German (Tante), and Danish. Swedish has retained the original Germanic (and Indo-European) custom of distinguishing aunts by separate terms derived from "father's sister" (faster) and "mother's sister" (moster). The Old English equivalents were faðu and modrige. In Latin, too, the formal word for "aunt on mother's side" was matertera. Some languages have a separate term for aunts-in-law as opposed to blood relations.