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

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

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Now, that child’s ashes sit inside an urn on a shelf at the great-grandmother’s home. Roy S. Johnson |,, "Johnson: The silent faith behind the decision not to prosecute Marshae Jones," 4 July 2019 That included another sly family reference: A photo of his great-grandmother, Sophia Mitchell , the first black woman to serve as a mayor in the state. Washington Post, "State mapmaker brings creativity, whimsy to Ohio road maps," 2 July 2019 Morales said many ladies in their 50s who now come for color and highlights first walked through the door as kids, while even a few great-grandmothers still make a weekly pilgrimage to do-up their ’doos. René A. Guzman,, "The Jefferson-area salon cutting and curling for 71 years, Vee’s Hair and Spa," 26 June 2019 Macron’s paternal great-grandfather was a butcher born in Britain; his maternal great-grandmother was a housecleaner who couldn’t read. Lauren Collins, The New Yorker, "Can Emmanuel Macron Stem the Populist Tide?," 24 June 2019 Li Guofu's great grandmother was a Russian aristocrat who married a Han Chinese man who worked in her village. Don Giolzetti, CNN, "'Uncle Petrov' is the ethnic Russian streaming star making China question what it means to be Chinese," 22 June 2019 The argument that the effects of slavery and discrimination continue to have an impact was further made by Glover, who shared the story of meeting his great-grandmother Mary Brown, a woman born into slavery. P.r. Lockhart, Vox, "America is having an unprecedented debate about reparations. What comes next?," 20 June 2019 And, of course, great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth II, the celebrant of today's grand celebration, was in tow. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Louis Makes His Royal Public Debut at Trooping of the Colour 2019," 8 June 2019 The 1-year-old child of Prince William and Kate Middleton attended his first public royal event, along with the rest of the family, to officially celebrate his great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth II's 93rd birthday. Glamour, "Every Photo of Prince Louis Being Adorable During His Trooping the Colour Debut," 8 June 2019

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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 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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