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

Examples of grandma in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Madea is bidding us farewell, but not everyone is ready to say goodbye to the gun-toting grandma. Keyaira Boone, Essence, "David And Tamela Mann Want To Save Madea," 5 July 2020 And so, all the worry about grandma: kids need to go to school. Fox News, "Rand Paul on testy exchanges with Fauci: He seemed to agree with me, 'kids need to go to school'," 2 July 2020 And like so many little miracles that kids experience at that age, this one was initiated by a grandma. USA Today, "Through the mail, a visit from Grandma," 2 July 2020 An innocent question about when to take the kids to visit their grandma elicited dozens of nasty responses. Laura Leigh Abby, Washington Post, "The pandemic has parents stressed out. Shaming one another on Facebook isn’t the answer.," 2 July 2020 Her mom and grandma have worked with her to organize events, trips, movie showings, spirit weeks and more to help kids learn more about Black history. oregonlive, "Tigard family advocates for change through Black Student Unions, suburban protest marches," 30 June 2020 What about a — what about a grandma helps out by picking up from it and doing a car ride with one of the kids, being in a car with your grandparent for a short ride? Cnn Staff, CNN, "When Can I See My Grandkids? Dr. Sanjay Gupta's coronavirus podcast for June 25," 25 June 2020 One of the hottest new glassware companies in the country, this buzzy South Carolina upstart draws on Southern hospitality, timeless style, and a one-of-a-kind grandma. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "A Charleston Grandmother Inspired Our New Favorite Glassware Brand," 24 June 2020 She was raised by her grandma amid difficult circumstances, and ultimately graduated from Galileo High and UC Davis. Ron Kroichick,, "Mayor Breed delivers video speech to SF State graduates: ‘We need our young leaders now’," 18 June 2020

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First Known Use of grandma

1772, in the meaning defined above

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“Grandma.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jul. 2020.

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

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