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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In a new interview, Streep has revealed her excitement about becoming a grandma. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meryl Streep Just Said the Sweetest Thing About Becoming a Grandma for the First Time," 2 Mar. 2019 Grandmas Grab your rockers and your best robe because there's nothing funnier than dressing up like a grandma for Halloween. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "25 Couples Halloween Costume Ideas Perfect for You and Bae," 16 Oct. 2017 An otherwise casual person who wears scrubs to work, Nate looked smoking hot in a suit, complimented my outfit, was gracious to the newlyweds and their family, fetched drinks for my friends, and even spun a grandma around the dance floor. 2. Anne Roderique-jones, SELF, "15 Lessons I’ve Learned in 15 Years of Marriage," 8 Jan. 2019 Meryl Streep is about to take on a new role: being a grandma. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meryl Streep Is Going to Become a Grandmother for the First Time," 7 Dec. 2018 Melba was my grandma, and it's supposed to be my grandpa saying it. Seamus Kirst, Teen Vogue, "Jackie Cruz on the Latest Season of "Orange Is the New Black" and Her New Album "Hija de Chavez"," 30 July 2018 To continue reading this story, TRY IT NOW This is not your grandma’s all-day braciole. Emily Spicer, San Antonio Express-News, "Faster beef roll recipe not your grandma’s braciole," 27 Mar. 2018 The singer ended the night with a tat sesh with her grandma. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Ariana Grande Got Super Emotional in Her First Speech Post Split with Pete Davidson," 7 Dec. 2018 Today, my mom and grandma are welcomed into Nate’s home and his family is welcomed to mine. Anne Roderique-jones, SELF, "15 Lessons I’ve Learned in 15 Years of Marriage," 8 Jan. 2019

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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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