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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And so many sound like a grandma and grandpa restaurant. Rod Stafford Hagwood,, "Calaveras Cantina’s Day of the Dead chic and Mexican cuisine coming to Boca Raton," 28 June 2019 Literotica isn’t your grandma’s scandalous paperback, however. Glamour, "15 Porn Sites for Women That You'll Really, Really Enjoy," 20 May 2019 This brave grandma killed a 4.5-foot-long cobra with a shovel to protect neighborhood kids. Ashley Shaffer, USA TODAY, "Did Kaepernick nix Nike's flag shoes?," 2 July 2019 Kravitz sported the revealing dress with a pair of high-waisted biker shorts and a bra top with low-heeled white grandma pumps. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Zoë Kravitz Wears the Ultimate Cool Girl Bridal Label in Paris," 29 June 2019 In the markets, aproned grandmas sling bowls of cold but spicy noodles—a local specialty—across the counter to the regulars balanced on tiny stools. Andrea Whittle, Condé Nast Traveler, "Busan Is the Captivating New Destination on Cruises Through Asia," 25 June 2019 The Rec Pizzeria in Peoria Hot on the heels of Adrian Langu’s grandma pizza at Crisp and Justin Piazza’s Roman-style pizza al taglio at Piazza Romana comes another newcomer who’s firing up pizza with something rarely seen around these parts. Lauren Saria, azcentral, "Here are 3 new metro Phoenix restaurants to add your June must-try list," 21 June 2019 Trekking poles are also a very wonderful, if dorky, support for those of us with grandma-esque knees. Alli Harvey, Anchorage Daily News, "Going on a hike? A short glossary to get you from here to there," 19 June 2019 My mom and grandma will tell you that Miss Nan (Teninbaum, president of the Miss Alabama Scholarship Organization) and the board of directors are not racist whatsoever. Mary Colurso |,, "Miss Alabama 2019: Tiara Pennington is ready to rule," 14 June 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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