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noun Informal.
  1. grandmother.
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Origin of gran

First recorded in 1860–65; by shortening
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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.

British Dictionary definitions for gran


  1. an informal word for grandmother
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Word Origin and History for gran


childish abbreviation of grandmother or granny, 1863.

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Italian, the form of grand before nouns.

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