grand·​moth·​er | \ ˈgran(d)-ˌmə-t͟hər How to pronounce grandmother (audio) \

Definition of grandmother

1 : the mother of one's father or mother
2 : a female ancestor

Other Words from grandmother

grandmotherly \ ˈgran(d)-​ˌmə-​t͟hər-​lē How to pronounce grandmother (audio) \ adjective

Examples of grandmother in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Keaton, 76, plays Bieber’s grandmother in the video. Edward Segarra, USA TODAY, 9 May 2022 Her mother, Trevor’s grandmother, even tried to skirt Garcia’s rules and buy Trevor a smartphone. Washington Post, 9 May 2022 Olga Romanova’s grandmother served as a frontline nurse in World War II. New York Times, 8 May 2022 The brick house was built by Mr. Kotov’s grandmother in 1943 from the ruins of the family home that was destroyed when this village was liberated from the Nazis that year. WSJ, 7 May 2022 One story passed down was about great-grandmother Jamela, whose family lived in Kfarhouna, a small South Lebanese village. San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 May 2022 Queen Elizabeth boasts a big smile in the groundbreaking photo, while proud first-time grandmother Doria looks on. Erin Hill,, 6 May 2022 The baby's grandmother told hospital staff that the 8-month-old was left in Whatley's car following a traffic stop. Adam Sabes, Fox News, 4 May 2022 During the news conference, police said at some point after his arrest the suspect contacted the child's grandmother who then went to the car and found the child inside the suspect's vehicle. Tina Burnside, CNN, 4 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of grandmother

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of grandmother was in the 15th century

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12 May 2022

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“Grandmother.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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grand·​moth·​er | \ ˈgrand-ˌmə-t͟hər How to pronounce grandmother (audio) , ˈgran- \

Kids Definition of grandmother

1 : the mother of someone's father or mother
2 : a female ancestor She learned skills passed down from her grandmothers.


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