[ greyt-gran-muhth-er, -grand-, -gram- ]
/ ˌgreɪtˈgrænˌmʌð ər, -ˈgrænd-, -ˈgræm- /
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a grandmother of one's father or mother.
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Origin of great-grandmother

First recorded in 1520–30
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What does great-grandmother mean?

A great-grandmother is the mother of a person’s grandparent (the grandmother of a person’s parent).

When a mother’s child has their own children, that mother becomes a grandmother. When those children have their own children, she becomes a great-grandmother.

Should great-grandmother be capitalized?

Great-grandmother should be capitalized when it’s used as a proper name, as in Please tell Great-grandmother that I miss her. 

But great-grandmother does not need to be capitalized when it’s simply used as a way to refer to her, as in Please tell my great-grandmother that I miss her. 

Example: My kids were lucky enough to get to know three of their great-grandmothers.

Where does great-grandmother come from?

The first records of the word great-grandmother come from the 1500s. The prefix grand- is used in family terms to indicate a person who is one generation removed, as in grandparent and grandchild. The prefix great- indicates yet another generation.

Another great- can be added for each generation. For example, your great-great-grandmother is the mother of your great-grandmother. Most people refer to their great-grandmothers with titles like great-grandma and great-grandmom, sometimes in combination with a name, as in Great-Grandma Marie.

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How is great-grandmother used in real life?

Great-grandmother can be used as a title, but many families use their own unique names. Still, the title that grandchildren use for their grandmother often stays the same even after she becomes a great-grandmother.



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Is great-grandmother used correctly in the following sentence?

I’m a great-grandmother of 18, a grandmother of 12, and a mother of four, so I know a thing or two about temper tantrums.

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