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noun gran·dam \ˈgran-ˌdam, -dəm\

Definition of grandam

  1. 1 or grandame play \-ˌdām\ a :  grandmother b :  an old woman

  2. 2 or granddam \-ˌdam, -dəm\ :  a dam's or sire's dam —used of an animal

Origin and Etymology of grandam

Middle English graundam, from Anglo-French graund dame, literally, great lady

First Known Use: 13th century

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