noun Informal.

Origin of gran

First recorded in 1860–65; by shortening Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for gran

Contemporary Examples of gran

Historical Examples of gran

  • "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.

British Dictionary definitions for gran



an informal word for grandmother
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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