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[gran] /græn/
noun, Informal.
Origin of gran
First recorded in 1860-65; by shortening Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • "I've been to see my gran'fathah," said the child, speaking very fast.

    The Little Colonel Annie Fellows Johnston
  • "Why, gran'fathah," she began, her lips trembling piteously.

    The Little Colonel Annie Fellows Johnston
  • Spinnin'-wheels out in the shed chamber, where his gran'mother Hooper kep' 'em?

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • That night was the happiest and most memorable night in the history of the gran Parsonage.

    Tales From Two Hemispheres Hjalmar Hjorth Boysen
  • But he was a gran' bhoy all the same, an' I'm only a mudtipper wid a hod on me shoulthers.

    Soldiers Three, Part II. Rudyard Kipling
British Dictionary definitions for gran


an informal word for grandmother
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for gran

childish abbreviation of grandmother or granny, 1863.


Italian, the form of grand before nouns.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for gran



Grandmother: gran made cookies

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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