[ gran-duh m, -dam ]
/ ˈgræn dəm, -dæm /


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 grandame

  • 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
  • She was of massive form and highly equiline features, and looked every inch of her a grandame.

    Upsidonia|Archibald Marshall

British Dictionary definitions for grandame


grandame (ˈɡrændeɪm, -dəm)

/ (ˈɡrændəm, -dæm) /


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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