[gran-duh m, -dam]


a grandmother.
an old woman.

Also gran·dame [gran-deym, -duh m] /ˈgræn deɪm, -dəm/.

Origin of grandam

1175–1225; Middle English gra(u)ndame < Old French grant dame. See grand, dame Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for grandam

Historical Examples of grandam

  • The man thought a moment, and then replied, "Tell your grandam that I will come."

    A Treasury of Eskimo Tales

    Clara Kern Bayliss

  • Grandam Moan was quite amazed at seeing them together again.

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

    Constance Sherwood

    Lady Georgiana Fullerton

  • They would always stay at home with dad and mam and grandam.

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


    Sir Walter Scott

British Dictionary definitions for grandam


grandame (ˈɡrændeɪm, -dəm)


an archaic word for grandmother

Word Origin for grandam

C13: from Anglo-French grandame, from Old French grand- + dame lady, mother
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