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grandam

[gran-duh m, -dam]
noun
  1. a grandmother.
  2. an old woman.
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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
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Historical Examples of grandame

  • 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

grandame (ˈɡrændeɪm, -dəm)

noun
  1. an archaic word for grandmother
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Word Origin for grandam

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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