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

Emmert and millions of other PANKs (professional aunt, no kids) are opting not to have kids, finding fulfillment in bonding with their nieces and nephews instead. Their numbers are growing: Nearly 20 percent of American women reach 40 to 44 childless, compared with 10 percent in the 1970s, said a 2008 Pew Research Center report.
—Bill Ward, “PANKs: Happy with the role of aunt,” Minneapolis Star Tribune, February 22, 2012

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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