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 Bake some Thanksgiving shape cookies and have the kids decorate them, get grandma in on rolling out the pie dough, or enlist a few cousins to frost a cake. Lizz Schumer, Good Housekeeping, 10 Aug. 2022 According to their grandma Tina Knowles-Lawson, all three of Beyoncé and JAY-Z's children are already developing a strong sense of style, and even contributed to their mom's design line. Jacqueline Weiss,, 28 July 2022 Burton talked to her grandma at about 8:30 p.m. on Friday. Washington Post, 13 Dec. 2021 Shanté Keys, excited for New Year’s Day, is ready to help herself to some of her grandma’s black-eyed peas, which are eaten for good luck. Paradise Afshar, ajc, 19 Nov. 2021 On Tuesday, the Kardashian/Jenner family shared their love for the reality TV grandma on her 88th birthday. Kelly Wynne,, 26 July 2022 Our curated list includes cool kitchen gadgets perfect for your mom or loving dad, a cozy blanket for your thoughtful grandma and entertaining games any teenager will love. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, 25 July 2022 Everybody wanted to eat grandma’s food all the time. Kristine M. Kierzek, Journal Sentinel, 21 July 2022 After all, who wants to drive like grandma all the time? James Morris, Forbes, 16 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of grandma

1772, in the meaning defined above

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“Grandma.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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

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