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grandam

[gran-duh m, -dam] /ˈgræn dəm, -dæm/
noun
1.
a grandmother.
2.
an old woman.
Also, grandame
[gran-deym, -duh m] /ˈgræn deɪm, -dəm/ (Show IPA)
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Origin of grandam
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English gra(u)ndame < Old French grant dame. See grand, dame
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  • She was of massive form and highly equiline features, and looked every inch of her a grandame.

    Upsidonia Archibald Marshall
  • To my fiery youth's ambition Such a boon were scarcely dear; "Thou shalt live to be a grandame, Work and die, devoid of fear."

    Julia Ward Howe Laura E. Richards
British Dictionary definitions for grandame

grandam

/ˈɡrændəm; -dæm/
noun
1.
an archaic word for grandmother
Word Origin
C13: from Anglo-French grandame, from Old French grand- + dame lady, mother
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Word Origin and History for grandame
n.

c.1200, "a grandmother; an old woman," from grand (adj.) + dame. Cf. Anglo-French graund dame. Contracted form grannam attested from 1590s.

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