Etymology:Middle English, from Old French ante, from Latin amita; akin to Old High German amma mother, nurse, Greek amma nurse
1 : the sister of one's father or mother
2 : the wife of one's uncle
Etymology: Middle English nece granddaughter, niece, from Anglo-French nece, niece,
from Late Latin neptia
1 : a daughter of one's brother, sister, brother-in-law, or sister-in-law
2 : an illegitimate daughter of an ecclesiastic
— from Merriam-Webster's online dictionary
Only an Aunt can give hugs like a mother, can keep secrets like a sister, and share love like a friend.
— Spanish Proverb
March 8 is International Women's Day. Aunts and grandmas of the
July 26th is Aunt and Uncles Day
because we deserve a day too!
This is a place to meet other aunts and uncles, to talk about the joys
and challenges of aunt-hood and uncle-hood, to brag a little, to share photos,
compare notes and get some advice.
An aunt or uncle adds so much to a child's life: alternate role model,
adviser, baby sitter,
"Aunts" is more than a group of people or a role;
instead, "to aunt" is a practice, something people "do."
Some women "aunt" as second
mothers, friends, or mentors, while others play more peripheral roles. In either case, aunts
nonetheless significantly impact their nieces and nephews' life choices.
— from Aunting: Cultural practices that sustain family and community life
by Dr. Laura L. Ellingson
AUNT: tia (Spanish), moster (Norwegian), tante (French and Dutch), ciotka (Polish), hallë (Albanian), tiyahin (Filipino)
aintin (Irish), frænka (Icelandic)