beldam

noun

bel·​dam ˈbel-dəm How to pronounce beldam (audio)
variants or beldame
: an old woman

Examples of beldam in a Sentence

knocking on the beldam's door on Halloween was once an annual ritual for the kids in the neighborhood

Word History

Etymology

Middle English beldam grandmother, from Anglo-French bel beautiful + Middle English dam

First Known Use

1520, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of beldam was in 1520

Dictionary Entries Near beldam

Cite this Entry

“Beldam.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/beldam. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

beldam

noun
bel·​dam
variants or beldame
: an old woman
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!