grandmother

[gran-muhth-er, grand-, gram-]
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Origin of grandmother

late Middle English word dating back to 1375–1425; see origin at grand-, mother1
Can be confusedgrammar grandma grandmother
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Related Words for grandmother

matriarch, ancestor, granny, grandma, dowager, gram

Examples from the Web for grandmother

Contemporary Examples of grandmother

Historical Examples of grandmother

  • They began at once to think of whom they should inquire,—of the teacher, or of the grandmother.

    Rico and Wiseli

    Johanna Spyri

  • The grandmother was really standing there, holding the fiddle out to him.

    Rico and Wiseli

    Johanna Spyri

  • Not far from his grandmother's residence there was a windmill which operated on a new plan.

    Biographical Stories

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • Why, when he was your age, his father was at war and papa and Grandmother Wade had to do everything.

    Dust

    Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius

  • Tell him your grandmother was the sergeant's Mary Ann and your father was Sami.


British Dictionary definitions for grandmother

grandmother

noun
  1. the mother of one's father or mother
  2. (often plural) a female ancestor
  3. (often capital) a familiar term of address for an old woman
  4. teach one's grandmother to suck eggs See egg 1 (def. 8)
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Word Origin and History for grandmother
n.

early 15c., from grand (adj.) + mother (n.1), probably on analogy of French grand-mère. Replaced earlier grandame (c.1200) and Old English ealdemodor.

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