grandma

noun

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

Examples of grandma in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Whether that’s going to our grandma’s for the best hosting tips or seeing what other shoppers have bought and loved, a little bit of advice can go a long way. Gabriela Izquierdo, Southern Living, 31 Jan. 2024 The film is loosely based on an event that happened to Margolin’s own grandma, the 103-year-old Thelma Post. Ethan Shanfeld, Variety, 30 Jan. 2024 But designers say that the new year will see more interior design trends that center conscious, collected, maximalist and nostalgic thinking—sounds like coastal grandma and forestcore are here to stay. Abby Wilson, Better Homes & Gardens, 23 Jan. 2024 Switch profiles to private When your teen shares photos, videos or text from a public account, everyone can see — that includes college admissions officers, grandma and AI companies scraping the internet for training data. Tatum Hunter, Washington Post, 31 Jan. 2024 Even the restaurant in Neiman Marcus confused us Zodiac is a wonderful little restaurant on the third floor that has been there for more than 40 years and takes you back to the time your grandma needed to rest after a trying day of deciding which Dior beauty products to purchase. Connie Ogle, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 Thelma’s adventures with her assisted-living chum (the late Richard Roundtree) generated some of the best laughs from any film in the fest, and those scenes between grandma and grandson touched my soul. Randy Myers, The Mercury News, 29 Jan. 2024 Colin is holding up a chocolate chip cookie (Colby’s grandma’s cookies, made with bacon fat) and a chocolate-butterscotch cookie (with a little demerara sugar) while on a swingset that is cropped out of the final frame. Jill Wendholt Silva, Kansas City Star, 24 Jan. 2024 The couple brought their two children, 5-year-old son Jack and 3-year-old daughter Charlie, to his grandma’s gathering, and after an hour, Mina and the kids left for the other event while Steve stayed on to spend more time with his side of the family. Erin Clements, Peoplemag, 9 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1772, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of grandma was in 1772

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“Grandma.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/grandma. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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