gran·​dam | \ ˈgran-ˌdam How to pronounce grandam (audio) , -dəm \

Definition of grandam

1 or grandame \ ˈgran-​ˌdām How to pronounce grandame (audio) \
b : an old woman
2 or granddam \ ˈgran-​ˌdam How to pronounce granddam (audio) , -​dəm \ : a dam's or sire's dam used of an animal

First Known Use of grandam

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for grandam

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

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“Grandam.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jun. 2020.

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