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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Merl could easily be a buccaneer’s grandmother, with her heavy gold earrings and delighted laugh. Horatio Clare, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why You Should Go to Belize Now," 21 Dec. 2018 Izzy Lysiak says a one-on-one outing with her grandmother, Candace Belles, is the perfect gift. Clare Ansberry, WSJ, "Do’s and Don’ts for Grandparents Buying Gifts," 19 Dec. 2018 The Duke of Cambridge stood in for his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, at this year's Sovereign's Parade at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Read the Speech Prince William Delivered at the Sovereign's Parade," 14 Dec. 2018 The video features Mac getting help with his tux from Ariana's grandmother, Nonna while watching Elton John on the television. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Ariana Grande Just Shared the Sweetest Video of Mac Miller on Her Instagram Story," 23 Oct. 2018 The irony that my whitish hairs most likely come from my mother and grandmothers, who tried so hard to fight the natural aging process is not lost on me. Amanda Etkind, Allure, "My Hair Started Going Gray When I Was Just 20 — and I'm Totally Embracing It," 6 Sep. 2018 And so were their 2-year-old son and his grandmother, who were sitting in the audience watching everything. Megan Friedman, Country Living, "‘America’s Got Talent’ Judges Were Shocked When a Couple's Trapeze Act Went Dangerously Wrong," 18 July 2018 The 8,500-square foot restaurant marks the next chapter in the Maya family's culinary history, which began 35 years ago when Miguel's grandmother, Guadalupe, spent her days making 500 tortillas from scratch. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "Taqueria Maya owners open Mexican restaurant with a millennial twist in railyard," 12 July 2018 North, who turned 5 on June 15, appeared with her mother and grandmother, Kris Jenner, in the second series of an international fashion campaign to celebrate Fendi's 10th anniversary of their Peekaboo bag. Matthew Wilson, USA TODAY, "North West makes modeling debut alongside mom Kim Kardashian West and grandma Kris Jenner," 10 July 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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