grandmother

noun
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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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 This all took place in western Norway, where my grandmother is originally from. Scientific American, "Readers Respond to the November 2020 Issue," 24 Feb. 2021 My grandmother was blind and made roughly $12,000 a year. Rakim Brooks, Fortune, "I’m a Black, first-generation Ivy League graduate. Biden is wrong about who needs debt cancellation," 24 Feb. 2021 Dear Amy: My grandmother is a traditional Southern lady who drilled her grandchildren on the importance of heartfelt, promptly sent thank-you notes. Amy Dickinson, Star Tribune, "Ask Amy: Millennial wonders if 'thank you' is too old-fashioned," 19 Feb. 2021 This all took place in western Norway, where my grandmother is originally from. The Editors, Scientific American, "Stories from a Past Pandemic," 28 Jan. 2021 Their European grandmother is local and sees the children all the time. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Siblings can love (but not like) each other," 25 Jan. 2021 The boys’ grandmother is the sister of Dallas Cowboys owner, Jerry Jones. Marie Milano, Country Living, "How Troy Aikman and His Wife Capa Mooty Make Their Blended Family Work," 24 Jan. 2021 Their European grandmother is local and sees the children all the time. Amy Dickinson, Star Tribune, "Ask Amy: Siblings can love (but not like) each other," 22 Jan. 2021 Her grandmother was a medical doctor of international repute, and had led quite a life. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "The Fast Forward 2020 Winter Bookies reading list," 4 Jan. 2021

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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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“Grandmother.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/grandmother. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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grandmother

noun

English Language Learners Definition of grandmother

: the mother of your father or mother

grandmother

noun
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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