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 For everyone who took up knitting during the pandemic, only to be mocked by their close ones — think: jokes about Meredith Grey celibacy knitting and becoming a grandma at 25 — joke’s on them. Eliza Huber,, 12 May 2021 That award would be the coveted Grand Jury Prize, the first in a shower of accolades that would culminate in six Oscar nominations — including a Best Supporting Actress nod for Youn's star turn as a less-than-typical grandma. Leah Greenblatt,, 7 Apr. 2021 What if you were ushered into the kitchen of a friendly grandma who wanted to teach you her favorite dishes? Kendra Nordin Beato, The Christian Science Monitor, 22 Oct. 2020 This one's going out to Kenzie's grandma who absolutely loves this song. Maggie Fremont,, 18 May 2021 This random grandma in Europe is verbally dunking on poor, clueless Ethan. Washington Post, 14 May 2021 Until recently, Lum had updated her dad and grandma on practically every detail of her life. Michelle Lee, Allure, 12 May 2021 The attempt to unionize home health aides failed, but Democrats see opportunity in unions signing up grandma and the high-school teenage babysitter. WSJ, 10 May 2021 Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik's daughter, Khai, is getting some grandma time. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, 25 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of grandma

1772, in the meaning defined above

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“Grandma.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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

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