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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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 All-Star, isn't with the team because his grandmother passed away this week. Matt Young, Houston Chronicle, "J.J. Watt presents Astros with their All-Star jerseys," 12 July 2018 Aubrey ran into another little girl and went running to her grandmother. Denise Coffey, Courant Community, "Keeping Cool At Owen Bell Park," 11 July 2018 Her grandmother died in 2004 and her grandfather in 2011. Lorraine Mirabella,, "Capital Gazette staffer Rebecca Smith remembered by family, friends as 'beautiful soul'," 9 July 2018 Across the country in Napa, his co-chef Jan Dela Paz, then a sous-chef at La Toque, would mull over how much certain Michelin-worthy French techniques resembled his grandmother’s cooking. Jonathan Kauffman,, "Likha brings Michelin pedigrees to Filipino bar food," 5 July 2018 Brown's grandmother has reportedly been in contact with an investigator, and suspects the vape pen's lithium-ion battery is responsible for the tragedy. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Texas Man Dies After Exploding E-Cigarette Sends Shrapnel into His Neck," 5 Feb. 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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an act or instance of returning to life

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