grandmother

noun

grand·​moth·​er ˈgran(d)-ˌmə-t͟hər How to pronounce grandmother (audio)
1
: the mother of one's father or mother
2
: a female ancestor
grandmotherly adjective

Examples of grandmother in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In just a few weeks, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear the case of an IJ client and Texas grandmother arrested by her political opponents. Andrew Wimer, Forbes, 13 Feb. 2024 Nature apparently sees this as wasteful, so the mother whale takes on the grandmother role, helping her daughters as well as her sons and sacrificing her fertility for the good of the pod. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, 12 Feb. 2024 The zoo is now home to a herd of five rhinoceroses, including Spike, Mambo and Gloria, who is also Zenzele's grandmother, according to the zoo. Aliza Chasan, CBS News, 12 Feb. 2024 The outlet reported that the juveniles first called their grandmother, who lives in an adjacent property in Castro Urdiales, on Wednesday night to tell her they had been kidnapped. Greg Norman, Fox News, 9 Feb. 2024 Adding old-fashioned creamed sweet corn, what our mothers and grandmothers might have called fried corn, to a pot of comforting grits ensures that this side dish will go with any meal, from brunch all the way through the dinner hour. Sheri Castle, Southern Living, 9 Feb. 2024 My grandmother, Ella Van Leer, and aunt, Maryly Van Leer, founded the first sororities at Georgia Tech in addition to Society of Women Engineers (SWE) chapters across the country to support young women in college. Charlotte Observer, 8 Feb. 2024 Following my virtual session, Crawley provided a list of next steps that included researching slaveholders in Orangeburg, South Carolina, where my grandmother grew up. Tracy Scott Forson, Smithsonian Magazine, 6 Feb. 2024 Executive chef Kathryn Johnston, who grew up in Fort Worth and frequented Neiman Marcus’ Hedges restaurant with her grandmother as a child, will continue to lead the kitchen. Jenny B. Davis and Celestina Blok, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 30 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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“Grandmother.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/grandmother. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

grandmother

noun
grand·​moth·​er ˈgran(d)-ˌmət͟h-ər How to pronounce grandmother (audio)
1
: the mother of one's father or mother
2
: a female ancestor
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