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aunty

/áhnti/ n. 1. Obs? [US a colored woman DAE; SA idem; cf. Réunion Cr. Fr. tãtin idem (Chaudenson 1974:100)] a term of address to any older woman, related or not: 1888 "If you want the gentleman to give you something, aunty," says Mr. Morely, "you ought to dance for them" [speaker unrelated] (Powles 175).

2. [euphemism] An illegitimate child who is being reared in a grandparent home calls its grandmother "Marna" and its mother "Aunty" (Otterbein 1966:124). (Black)

Tags: euphemism, noun, term of address

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Last update: 2010-09-12 14:31
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.1

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