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Mother's sister is called maternal aunt. What is wife of mother's brother called? Can she be also called maternal aunt? I read a book and it addressed both mother's sister and wife of mother's brother as maternal aunt. Is it correct? Are there other names for it also?

On the similar lines, can husband of mother's sister be called maternal uncle?

Thanks for reading this post and thanks for the upcoming replies.
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Hi,

1) "maternal aunt" as defined "means the sister of one's mother."

But this can be purely philosophical:

2) If you take the two words (maternal and aunt) separately:

"maternal" means related through a mother, which makes the wife of a mother's brother a maternal aunt as well. If you go with this philosophy, then many many people can be related through a mother and any remote and tangential relation can be considered as maternal (provided it is a relation that somehow comes into place through the mother)!

In general though, a "maternal aunt" should be seen as in 1) above-- that is to say, there should be DNA or blood relationship though the mother.

Cheers,

Flexicap

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Thanks flexicap for your reply, I have understood what you intended to say.

Sorry for not writing this in the previous post. I am nowadays solving puzzles concerning blood relations. In one of these puzzles I came across the term "maternal aunt". I solved the puzzle just considering "maternal aunt" to be "mother's sister" but the solution in the book takes the term as meaning two different persons. One meaning is "mother's sister" and the other meaning is "wife of mother's brother". I wanted to confirm this and I think the best place would have been some puzzle forum where I could ask whether we had to consider "maternal aunt" meaning both the meanings as described above. I could not find any such puzzle forum on the internet.

So the problem is that I am yet not sure about the use of term "maternal aunt" in the puzzles.

If anybody solves these type of puzzles, may be he can help me.

or

Do anyone knows the puzzle forums where I can ask these questions.

Thanks lot.
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What kind of puzzles are you solving? Could you give us an example?
I am solving this type of puzzles.

A is the son of B. C, B's sister has a son D and a daughter E. F is the maternal uncleof D.

Q 1) How is a related to D?

a) cousin b) nephew c) uncle d) brother

Q 2) How is E related to F?

a) sister b) daughter c) niece d) wife

I have lost track of the puzzle in which I came across the term "maternal aunt" in the solution and used as meaning two different persons.

The puzzles are as such not difficult and can easily be done by making a figure, but I just have in doubt in the meanings of different terms like maternal aunt and maternal uncle. There seems to be some discrepancy in the solutions described in the book. "Maternal uncle" means just "mother's brother" but "maternal aunt" means both "mother's sister" and "wife of mother's brother".

Similarly, what should one mean by "grandfather", only the "paternal grandfather" or it can also "maternal grandfather".

Thanks a lot.
I am solving this type of puzzles.

A is the son of B. C, B's sister has a son D and a daughter E. F is the maternal uncleof D.

Q 1) How is a related to D?

a) cousin b) nephew c) uncle d) brother

Q 2) How is E related to F?

a) sister b) daughter c) niece d) wife

I have lost track of the puzzle in which I came across the term "maternal aunt" in the solution and used as meaning two different persons.

The puzzles are as such not difficult and can easily be done by making a figure, but I just have in doubt in the meanings of different terms like maternal aunt and maternal uncle. There seems to be some discrepancy in the solutions described in the book. "Maternal uncle" means just "mother's brother" but "maternal aunt" means both "mother's sister" and "wife of mother's brother".

Similarly, what should one mean by "grandfather", only the "paternal grandfather" or it can also "maternal grandfather".

Thanks a lot.
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A grandfather is either your mother's father or your father's father, your maternal and paternal grandfather respectively. It is absolutely NOT the case that it refers only to the paternal grandfather.

I would be more likely to think of bloodlines with maternal aunt or uncle (that is to say, my mother's sister or brother respectively) but if I extended the definition of "maternal aunt" to my not only my mother's sister, but also the wife of my mother's brother, it is completely illogical to say that "maternal uncle" applies only to my mother's brother, and not also to the husband of her sister.

(Similarly, I have three types of brothers-in-law. My sister's husband, my husband's brother, and my husband's sister's husband.)
I think that compared to many languages, English is rather deficient in terms for relatives -- probably in some languages these would be different words for Grammar Geek's three different kinds of brother-in-law, and different words for mother's sister and mother's brother's wife, and so on. Maybe a Russian-speaker can help me with this -- I seem to remember that Russian has two distinct words, or maybe four, for "my son's mother-in-law, my daughter's mother-in-law, my son's father-in-law and my daughter's father-in-law." English has no term for any of these relations other than the ones I just used.

English-speakers (at least Americans) are also pretty casual about cousins -- the word "cousin" is generally applied to first cousins, second cousins, first cousins once removed, and so on -- and, for that matter, the term "second cousin" is used by a great many people -- I would say most people -- to describe the relationship called "first cousin once removed" by geneologists.
A is cousin of B is father like this
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