aunt n EDD ~ sb 1 Gl So D Co; DAE 1 (1801-61) for sense 1; cp
1 Title of an older woman, used with first or full
name; general term of respect used of an older woman in the community.
1887 Telegram Christmas No 9 And Aunt Betsy, as the people
called her, was a fitting match for her husband.  1972 GORDON 14 And here I ought
to mention that such titles as Mr & Mrs are not favoured in Labrador, being replaced
by the much more homely ones of Uncle and Aunt. 1930 Am Speech vi, 57 ~ Applied to
elderly persons by those not related to them. 1949 FITZGERALD 93 ~ All old people are
thus addressed by their neighbours regardless of relationship. 1977 RUSSELL 104 Aunt
Sophy [is] not one of these women that you can see how to shoot gulls through. She's what
you might call a comfortable armful.
2 Phr his aunt had
he/she: used in explanation of the appearance in a family of an illegitimate child (C