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

Examples of grandmother in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The fictional Nora is trying to figure out where her life is going, while looking for a job, smoking a lot of weed, and taking unexpectedly wild trips to Atlantic City with her grandmother. Lia Beck,, "Awkwafina Is Actually Nora From Queens, Just In A Different Timeline," 23 Jan. 2020 After releasing their big news, the Duchess flew back to Canada while Prince Harry stayed in the U.K. to sort out details of their new arrangement with his grandmother Queen Elizabeth, father Prince Charles and brother Prince William. Paula Rogo, Essence, "Meghan Markle's First Public Appearance After Royal Separation Is To A Vancouver Women's Center," 15 Jan. 2020 And, reportedly, Prince Harry's relationship with his grandmother (and boss) has been strained for some time. Abby Gardner, Teen Vogue, "The Queen Is Reportedly "Devastated" About Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Stepping Back," 9 Jan. 2020 Tuttle now lives across the street with her grandmother, who is both sick with cancer and grieving the death of her son. Keith Bierygolick,, "Wish List: Her dad died in a fire and her grandmother has cancer. She still finds a way to smile.," 11 Dec. 2019 Mayumi Sato got the idea of using images to change thinking and build empathy around climate change from talking with her grandmother in Japan. Howard Lafranchi, The Christian Science Monitor, "Not just Greta: Young people worldwide take charge on climate," 6 Dec. 2019 Harris later moved in with her grandmother, who Harris said lived in the same Section 8 apartment at 40th and Webster streets in North Oakland for four decades. Otis R. Taylor Jr.,, "‘I couldn’t help halfway’: Oakland businessman helps single mom out of homelessness," 28 Nov. 2019 My mother, who was then 9, was left with her grandmother Tinita. Vanessa Martir, Longreads, "‘To Be Well’: An Unmothered Woman’s Search for Real Love," 27 Nov. 2019 The mother of five children and grandmother to seven, Taylor said women have made tremendous progress since acquiring the right to vote 100 years ago. Linda G. Kramer, cleveland, "Berea businesswomen honor stylist as Woman of the Year: Community Voices," 22 Nov. 2019

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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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17 Feb 2020

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“Grandmother.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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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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