grand·moth·er | \ˈgran(d)-ˌmə-t͟hər \

Definition of grandmother 

1 : the mother of one's father or mother

2 : a female ancestor

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grandmotherly \ˈgran(d)-ˌmə-t͟hər-lē \ adjective

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While in Honduras, the boy witnessed gang violence, including his grandmother’s body tossed in a river with her neck split open. Daniela Altimari,, "Judge Rules Separation of Immigrant Children Living in Connecticut From Their Parents Is Unconstitutional," 14 July 2018 The boy was trembling when his grandmother confronted Sandoval. Matthew Martinez, star-telegram, "Grandmother heard boy cry, ‘No, no, stop,’ in the bedroom. Then this man left town, Texas cops say," 11 July 2018 My 86-year-old grandmother was literally on her deathbed in June of 2014. Brendan Leonard, Outside Online, "Learning to Be Funny," 9 July 2018 Her grandmother was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center with severe burn injuries, Papagni said. Lisa Maria Garza,, "9-year-old girl dies in Orlando house fire, grandmother severely burned, officials say," 8 July 2018 The film stars Richard Cabral (from TV’s Lethal Weapon series) and focuses on a hitman in East Los Angeles who decides to take one last job to pay for his grandmother’s end-of-life care. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Sony Uploads Entire Film to YouTube Rather Than Its Trailer," 3 July 2018 My grandmother wore couture from Chanel and Saint Laurent but my mother was more designer wearing Mugler, Jean Paul Gaultier and Maribetta. Roxanne Robinson, The Hollywood Reporter, "Alexandre Vauthier Shows "Super Parisian" Couture Collection," 3 July 2018 The shoulder-padded T-shirts (a riff on styles from past seasons) were inspired by style of clothes his grandmother still wears today. Kristen Bateman, The Cut, "Vetements Showed Shirts Printed With a Russian Insult," 2 July 2018 On Sunday evening, William was set to be the guest of honor at a birthday party for his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, at the home of the British ambassador. Simon Perry,, "Prince William Lands in Jordan to Kick Off Historic Tour of the Middle East," 24 June 2018

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First Known Use of grandmother

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of grandmother

: the mother of your father or mother


grand·moth·er | \ˈgrand-ˌmə-t͟hər, 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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to reject or criticize sharply

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