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Origin of gran
Words nearby gran
What does gran mean?
Gran is an informal word for grandmother—the mother of a person’s parent.
Gran should be capitalized when it’s used as a proper name, as in Please tell Gran that I miss her.
But gran does not need to be capitalized when it’s simply used as a way to refer to her, as in Please tell my gran that I miss her.
Example: It doesn’t matter what you call your gran, as long as you call her.
Where does gran come from?
The first records of the word gran come from the 1800s. The word granny is recorded earlier, in the 1600s. In words like grandmother and grandma, the d is often unpronounced, making them sound like they start with gran (or gram). The prefix grand- is used in family terms to indicate a person who is one generation removed, as in grandparent and grandchild.
Grandmothers often have special bonds with their grandchildren (who they’re known to spoil with love, affection, and candy). It’s common for grandchildren to refer to their grandmothers with informal names. Grandma is perhaps the most common variant of the word grandmother, but there are many others, including gran, granny, grandmom, gramma, grandmamma, and nana. Many families have their own specific version, such as meemaw and MaMotts.
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How is gran used in real life?
Gran is one of the many informal variants of the word grandmother. When it’s used as a proper name, Gran should be capitalized.
My Gran spoils me so much. What a gem🥺
— 🦋 (@Lethabo_S1) August 4, 2020
If only my gran knew how much she influenced my achievements. Doing my wee women proud 👩🏽⚕️💗
— H A Y L E Y (@nisbet_hayley) August 4, 2020
The pain of losing a parent never really goes away, even with time. My mom really misses my gran, who passed away just when I was about to turn 1, 22 years ago. This whole week she was listening to their favorite music and she’d just have random moments akhale. 💔
— LALA (@__Ayabulela) August 3, 2020
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Is gran used correctly in the following sentence?
My gran is 98 years old and is as active as ever.
Example sentences from the Web for gran
Attempts to export shale oil and gas, for example, have run smack into legal and regulatory barriers as old as a Gran Torino.
Or perhaps you recognize him from Flags of Our Fathers, Gran Torino, or Invictus.Scott Eastwood Is More Than Just Clint’s Smokin’ Hot Son|Anna Klassen|September 25, 2013|DAILY BEAST
But Eastwood is also loved by young voters who remember him in Million Dollar Baby and Gran Torino.Richard Grenell on Why We’re Still Talking About Clint|Richard A. Grenell|September 4, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The Gran Torino is a dinosaur, and so is Walt Koslowski (Eastwood).
This may explain why Warner Bros and Sony, in addition to Paramount, are pursuing the strategy for Seven Pounds and Gran Torino.
He's very tall an' gran', an' w'ars fine close, an' han's is white as a cotton bat, but his eyes doan set right in his head.
He did come,—a big, gran' man, wid a look which made me glad Miss Dory was in heaven 'stead of livin' wid him.
To Mildred he was one of that numerous army of brevet relations known as gran-pop, pop, or uncle.The Fifth String |John Philip Sousa
Ter show yo' de value of slaves I'll tell yo' 'bout my gran'ma.
"Ay, an' it's a gran' price for onybody wha kens aboot it," said auld Jamie Lauder.The Underworld|James C. Welsh