n. A woman without children who dotes on her nieces and nephews. [From the phrase professional aunt no kids.]

Example Citations:
Breaking acronym alert! The world’s sociologists have been at it again. All hail the pank, or “professional aunt, no kids”, a species defined by the spoiling, confidence-sharing and general nurturing of other people’s nippers.
—Hannah Betts, “Why this devoted ‘professional aunt, no kids’ is proud to be a ‘pank,“ The Telegraph, November 11, 2013

Throughout their lives, in order to win their affection, I have resorted to a tactic that is typical of Panks, and the bane of so many mothers’ lives: I have practised shameless one-upmanship.
—Petronella Wyatt, “It’s my duty to spoil my nieces — whatever their mother thinks!,” Irish Daily Mail, November 20, 2013

Earliest Citation:
“At Savvy Auntie, we call this emerging demographic of American women: PANKs — Professional Aunts, No Kids,” says Notkin. “PANK is the new pink; it’s the new, modern segment of women finally getting the attention it deserves through Savvy Auntie — the first online community for Aunts.”
—“Savvy Auntie, First Online Community for Aunts, Launches,” Savvy Auntie, July 9, 2008

Pank is a registered trademark of Melanie Notkin Media Inc. (Melanie Notikin being the founder of Savvy Auntie and the coiner of this term).

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