[ gran-muhth-er, grand-, gram- ]
/ ˈgrænˌmʌð ər, ˈgrænd-, ˈgræm- /


the mother of one's father or mother.
a female ancestor.

Nearby words

  1. grandly,
  2. grandma,
  3. grandma moses,
  4. grandmamma,
  5. grandmaster,
  6. grandmother clock,
  7. grandmother's clock,
  8. grandmotherly,
  9. grandnephew,
  10. grandness

Origin of grandmother

late Middle English word dating back to 1375–1425; see origin at grand-, mother1

Can be confusedgrammar grandma grandmother Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for grandmother


/ (ˈɡrænˌmʌðə, ˈɡrænd-) /


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



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper