The Alternative Chinese Dictionary: 阿姨

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Entry definition

阿姨 〈ā yí〉 {{zh-forms}} pronunciation {{zh-pron }}
noun: {{zh-noun}}
  1. (informal, affectionate) auntie: one's (maternal) aunt, one's mother's sister
  2. (childish, affectionate) auntie: a form of address for any woman around one's mother's age
  3. A form of address for working-age female caretakers, including nurse, cleaning ladies, live-in staff, & al.
Synonyms: (informal) 姨媽, 姨妈, (formal) 姨母 〈yí mǔ〉 (see also forms of address by seniority listed there)
related terms:
  • (her husband) 姨父 〈yí fù〉, 姨丈 〈yí zhàng〉, 姨夫 〈yí fū〉
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