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[gran-duh m, -dam] /ˈgræn dəm, -dæm/
a grandmother.
an old woman.
Also, grandame
[gran-deym, -duh m] /ˈgræn deɪm, -dəm/ (Show IPA)
Origin of grandam
1175-1225; Middle English gra(u)ndame < Old French grant dame. See grand, dame Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • My grandam says the best medicines for uneasy hearts are the bitter herb confession and the sweet flower absolution.

    Constance Sherwood Lady Georgiana Fullerton
  • The man thought a moment, and then replied, "Tell your grandam that I will come."

    A Treasury of Eskimo Tales Clara Kern Bayliss
  • There were two dragons fighting in the foam of the sea, and their grandam was the moon, and nine Queens came along the shore.

  • If your grandam was to hear you, I doubt not but the rod would be called for.

    Constance Sherwood Lady Georgiana Fullerton
  • The knife of that rage turned in her breast every time she cried to the grandam, "We must go!"

    Kincaid's Battery George W. Cable
  • One told how his grandam said, on the authority of a wise woman, that on the night Messias is born all the beasts shall speak.

  • But what will your grandam say, and your tutor, Dominie Holiday?

    Kenilworth Sir Walter Scott
  • I tell you that, if he were, the greatest man of his time would one day call you grandam.

  • The grandam bear sure had blistered her tongue, and so left him unlicked.

  • Sir Richard noted that Rocelia looked appealingly toward her grandam; and, by the same token, so did the young knight.

    The Red Tavern Charles Raymond Macauley
British Dictionary definitions for grandam


/ˈɡrændəm; -dæm/
an archaic word for grandmother
Word Origin
C13: from Anglo-French grandame, from Old French grand- + dame lady, mother
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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