Aunt

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An aunt and her niece in Tigray, Ethiopia.

An aunt is a person who is the sister of a parent. Aunts are second-degree 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 a parent and is a third-degree relative with 12.5% genetic overlap. An aunt-in-law is a wife of one's uncle, direct genetic overlap will typically be 0%, as this person entered the family through marriage and typically is not a blood relative. An aunt-in-law can also be an aunt of one's spouse. A co-aunt-in-law is a wife of one's uncle of one's spouse. A double-half-aunt is a daughter of a paternal grandmother with maternal grandfather, in other words, maternal half-sister of one's father and paternal half-sister of one's mother at the same time. A double-half-aunt also is a daughter of a maternal grandmother with paternal grandfather, in other words, paternal half-sister of one's father and maternal half-sister of one's mother at the same time.

The male counterpart of an aunt is an uncle, and the reciprocal relationship is that of a nephew or niece.

A great-aunt[1][2]/grandaunt[3] (sometimes written grand-aunt[4]) is the sister of one's grandparent.

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  1. ^ "Definition of great-aunt in English by Oxford Dictionaries". oxforddictionaries.com. Retrieved 24 April 2019.
  2. ^ "Google Ngram Viewer of relative versions of name". Google Ngram. Retrieved 24 April 2019.
  3. ^ "Grandaunt definition and meaning | Collins English Dictionary". collinsdictionary.com. Retrieved 24 April 2019.
  4. ^ "Definition of grand-aunt in English by Oxford Dictionaries". oxforddictionaries.com. Retrieved 24 April 2019.

External links[edit]

  • The dictionary definition of aunt at Wiktionary
  • The dictionary definition of grandaunt at Wiktionary
  • The dictionary definition of great-aunt at Wiktionary