grand·​ma | \ ˈgran(d)-ˌmä How to pronounce grandma (audio) , -ˌmȯ; ˈgra-ˌmä, -ˌmȯ How to pronounce grandma (audio) \
plural grandmas

Definition of grandma

: the mother of one's father or mother : grandmother We took the kids to visit their grandma and grandpa. often used as a form of address "Grandma," I said, "is trapping fish legal in this state?"— Richard Peck

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Divvy up the cute little plants amongst grandmas, aunts, and friends. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Succulents and Bonsai Trees Are 25% Off for Mother's Day on Amazon," 1 May 2019 Remember those teeny little Precious Moments figurines that your grandma, aunt, or even mom would go crazy over collecting for each and every occasion? Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Heads Up: Your Precious Moments Figurines Could Be Worth Thousands," 26 Apr. 2019 Meryl Streep officially became a grandma for the first time this week, as her eldest daughter gave birth to a baby boy. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meryl Streep Just Said the Sweetest Thing About Becoming a Grandma for the First Time," 2 Mar. 2019 This quote is courtesy of my grandma Loretta Mae Chevalier. Tia Williams, Glamour, "Dear Black Moms, It's on Us to Dismantle What 'Good Hair' Means for Our Daughters," 24 Sep. 2018 Think of it as the antithesis of your grandma’s powdery eau de parfum. Ashley Weatherford, The Cut, "Sasheer Zamata Loves the Smell of Your Stinky Body and Grass," 9 Apr. 2018 While other guys on the football team used their status to hit on cheerleaders and act like idiots, Saracen shouldered his responsibility while taking care of his ailing grandma. Alexis Nedd, Cosmopolitan, "10 Fictional Men To Crush On Since Real Men Will Always Disappoint You," 22 Jan. 2018 Preston’s grandma and dad went through the school system here decades ago. New York Times, "What Budget Cuts Mean for Third Graders in a Rural School," 5 June 2018 The mom and the dad kept walking but the grandma and grandpa continued to antagonize us. Breanna Edwards, The Root, "Florida Strikes Again: White Woman Captured on Video Spewing Curses, Racial Slurs at Black Family," 4 June 2018

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1772, in the meaning defined above

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grand·​ma | \ ˈgra-ˌmȯ How to pronounce grandma (audio) , ˈgra-ˌmä, ˈgran-ˌmȯ, ˈgran-ˌmä\

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