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 grandmotherly (audio) \ adjective

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Mom Meghan has an air sign moon (Libra); so did grandmother Diana (Aquarius). Jeanna Kadlec, Allure, "The Royal Baby's Birth Chart, as Interpreted by an Astrologer," 6 May 2019 Much of the furniture on display follows suit, from the vintage Napoleon III side chairs in the master bedroom to the settee in the living room, a family heirloom that belonged to Sims’s grandmother and maintains its original orange upholstery. Jennifer Fernandez, House Beautiful, "The Paint Trick That Instantly Makes Your Home Look More Polished," 22 Mar. 2019 When Sameer Khan’s grandmother was killed in Afghanistan after the American invasion, his family swiftly cleaned her body and buried her within a day on the outskirts of Kabul. Lucy Craymer, WSJ, "As Funerals Begin, Families of New Zealand Attack Victims Wait in Anguish," 19 Mar. 2019 Noticing early warning signs helped Cecelia’s grandmother get an early diagnosis. Korin Miller, SELF, "5 Caregivers Share 11 Tips for Looking After Someone With Alzheimer's," 11 Oct. 2018 My maternal grandmother was a decorator in San Francisco. Ingrid Abramovitch, ELLE Decor, "Sunrise Ruffalo, Wife of Actor Mark Ruffalo, Launches a Chic Homewares Pop-Up in Los Angeles," 18 Apr. 2019 My grandmother had sweet violets growing in her front lawn as well as rose bushes that reached 10 feet tall with hundreds of blooms on each bush. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "How One Celebrity Florist Brings Flowers into the Home for Spring," 19 Mar. 2019 DuVernay evokes her grandmother’s oppressive daily reality. Allison Glock, Marie Claire, "The Change Makers: Constance Wu, Ava DuVernay, and Jessica Chastain," 7 Mar. 2019 When my mother was pregnant with me, my grandmother would bring her heaping takeout... Tara Isabella Burton, WSJ, "A Traveler’s Guide to Discovering Neighborhood Restaurants," 1 Mar. 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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