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Origin of aunt
pronunciation note for aunt
The [a] /æ/ pronunciation of aunt was brought to America before British English developed the [ah] /ɑ/ in such words as aunt, dance, and laugh. In American English, [ah] /ɑ/ is most common in the areas that maintained the closest cultural ties with England after the [ah] /ɑ/ pronunciation developed there in these words.
OTHER WORDS FROM auntaunt·like, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH auntant aunt
Words nearby aunt
Example sentences from the Web for aunt
Sure, your cubicle mate, neighbor, and aunt all own a Fitbit or JawBone fitness tracker.
Melchior is the forerunner of the aunt who always gave me socks.
And there, the sand castle builder and tag player who loved her aunt more than science would be buried.11 Children Shot in Milwaukee, One in Her Grandpa's Lap|Michael Daly|November 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
When Juana was 8, her father abandoned the family and the girl moved to Mexico City to live with her aunt.Sor Juana: Mexico’s Most Erotic Poet and Its Most Dangerous Nun|Katie Baker|November 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Her eyes lit up as she saw her uncle and aunt, there to welcome her back into the real world.‘Her Survival Was a Miracle’: The 6-Year-Old Who Beat Ebola|Wade C.L. Williams|October 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He was no less delighted to see the boys than Aunt Lucy had been, and the meal was a merry one.The Golden Boys and Their New Electric Cell|L. P. Wyman
I'm dreadfully afraid of being tempted, at an unguarded moment, by the aunt.'North and South|Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
Aunt Olivia went into the parlour, settled herself in the old carved chair, and folded her hands.Chronicles of Avonlea|Lucy Maud Montgomery
After all, this was her aunt, and she believed she was speaking to her niece.The Rebellion of Margaret|Geraldine Mockler
He contrived, through Aunt Dilsey, to convey a note to the girl.Crestlands|Mary Addams Bayne