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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Aunt, Ant, n. Also: awnt, awnte; antt, ante; aint (aent), aynt. [ME. aunte, awnte, OF. aunte, ante, L. amita.] The sister of a person's father or mother.(a) 14.. Acts I. 112/2 (apon the ded of the eme & awnte); 380/2 (emys sone na awnttis sone).
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c1420 Wynt. viii. 343 (yhoure guddame wes myne awnt). 1536 Prot. Bk. M. Fleming 99 (the said Wyolet hes mayd hyr awnt hyr cessionar). 15.. Clar. iii. 870 (my awnt the better will ȝow chereise). 1596 Dalr. II. 87/6 (the kingis mariage with the Dukes aunt). c 1670 Stirlings of Keir 505 (Mistres Isobell Nicolson, Carnock's awnt).(b) 1500 Acta Conc. II. 422 (his antis son). c1515 Asl. MS. II. 274/36 (Elizebeth thi ant). 1515 Montgomery Mem. 85 (we haif borowit fra our ant ane chenȝe of gold). 1531 Bell. Boece I. 129 (the first wes nurist with his ant Voada). 1560 Rolland Seven S. Prol. 83 (ane propir wenche, ane of my ants). 1592 St. A. Kirk S. 730 (ane ant of hir awin com furth of Craill to hir). 1596 Dalr. II. 337/5 (to Huntleis sone, quha mariit the Governouris ante). 1639 Annandale Corr. 298 (your most affectuat and loving ant). 1695 Household Bk. Gr. Baillie 3 (to my ant Huchison).(c) c 1550 Stirlings of Keir 478 (commend me hartlie to my aynt). 1575 Waus Corr. I. 102 (my aent yovr bedfallov); 1584 Ib. 286 (his wife, our aynt). 1609 Annandale Corr. 276 (madam and loving aint).

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