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An aunt and her niece in Tigray, Ethiopia.

An aunt is a woman who is a sibling of a parent or married to a sibling of a parent. Aunts who are related by birth are second-degree relatives. Known alternate terms include Auntie or Aunty. The male counterpart of an aunt is an uncle, and the reciprocal relationship is that of a nephew or niece.

Additional terms

  • A half-aunt is a half-sister of a parent.
  • An aunt-in-law is the aunt of ones spouse. An aunt-in-law can also be an aunt by marriage (female spouse of a relative)[].
  • A great-aunt[1][2]/grandaunt[3] (sometimes written grand-aunt[4]) is the sister of one's grandparent. Despite the popular usage of great-aunt, genealogists consider it more correct to use grandaunt for a grandparent's sister to avoid confusion with earlier generations. Similarly, the female siblings of one's great-grandparents are referred to as great-grandaunts.[5]

Genetics and Consanguinity

Aunts by birth (sister of a parent) are related to their nieces and nephews by 25%. As half-aunts are related through half sisters, they are related by 12.5% to their nieces and nephews. Non-consanguineous aunts (female spouse of a relative) are not genetically related to their nieces and nephews.

See also


  1. ^ "Definition of great-aunt in English by Oxford Dictionaries". Retrieved 2019.
  2. ^ "Google Ngram Viewer of relative versions of name". Google Ngram. Retrieved 2019.
  3. ^ "Grandaunt definition and meaning | Collins English Dictionary". Retrieved 2019.
  4. ^ "Definition of grand-aunt in English by Oxford Dictionaries". Retrieved 2019.
  5. ^ "Relationship Chart by Betty Eichhorn" (PDF). Retrieved 2020.

External links

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

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