grand·​ma | \ˈgran(d)-ˌmä, -ˌmȯ;ˈgra-ˌmä, -ˌmȯ \

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These raffish characters make no bones about having chosen one another, starting with grandma, who chose the whole bunch as an insurance policy against a lonely death. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘Shoplifters’ Review: What Makes a Family?," 22 Nov. 2018 My great-great-grandma Maxwell passed down a silver brooch. Harper's BAZAAR, "Stella Maxwell Reveals Her Style & Beauty Secrets," 13 Sep. 2018 People are desperate to make a buck these days, selling off their great-grandma’s amber necklace or their dad’s 18 karat pocket watch. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Living Yard Sale to Yard Sale With My Mother, a Well Dressed Antique Dealer," 30 Aug. 2018 Time for a great-grandma, great-grandkid riding lesson—with pictures, please. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Princess Charlotte Has Taken Up One of Queen Elizabeth's Favorite Hobbies," 25 Aug. 2018 The lady sitting in the chair didn't have a vague resemblance to my grandma and the man hoisting a woman in the air didn't resemble my ideal relationship. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Brooklyn Tattooer Mars Hobrecker on Why Tattoos Don't Have to Have Meaning," 26 July 2018 My mom made my clothes, and her mom her clothes and my great grandma made her clothes. Steven J. Horowitz, Billboard, "Gwen Stefani Brings No Doubt and Solo Hits to Life at Energizing Las Vegas Debut," 28 June 2018 The milkshakes are served in tiny vintage milk bottles in a mini-crate channeling the way your great grandma probably received her daily dairy delivery. Michael Nagrant, RedEye Chicago, "At BLVD, you'll find approachable fine dining in a glamorous setting," 6 Oct. 2017 Her grandma was The Jeffersons star Roxie Roker, who played half of one of television's first interracial couples. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Zoë Kravitz Recreates Her Mom Lisa Bonet's Nude Rolling Stone Photo," 29 Oct. 2018

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grand·​ma | \ˈgra-ˌmȯ, ˈgra-ˌmä, ˈgran-ˌmȯ, ˈgran-ˌmä\

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