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

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Werts, a redshirt junior who set passing records at GSU last year, had left his grandmother’s apartment in Clinton, S.C., for the nearly three-hour drive back to the college in Statesboro, Ga., when he was pulled over just after 9 p.m. last month. Tim Elfrink, Twin Cities, "It was bird poop, not cocaine, quarterback said. His dropped charges set up game vs. Gophers," 9 Aug. 2019 Oglesby's two daughters, Hannah and Reign, are now with their grandmother, LaSandra James, Lockett said. Madeline Mitchell,, "#LolaStrong: Fundraiser in place for daughters of Dayton victim," 8 Aug. 2019 The 24-year-old with long red hair and a 2-year-old son had been living in Toppenish with her grandmother, who had custody of the boy. Tammy Ayer, The Seattle Times, "‘We have so many missing people’: Coroner tests remains found on Yakima River island as families wait, hope," 7 Aug. 2019 And a neighborhood boy who played with Calvin Harris knocked on the door and asked if Calvin was home, but German told the boy that Calvin was shopping with his grandmother. Gretchen Ehlke And Jeff Baenen,, "Sheriff: Wisconsin gunman who killed 4, including stranger he’d been sending harassing texts to, may have tried to imitate Jayme Closs kidnapping," 30 July 2019 And a neighborhood boy who played with Calvin Harris knocked on the door and asked if Calvin was home, but German told the boy that Calvin was shopping with his grandmother. Washington Post, "Sheriff: Wisconsin gunman may have imitated Closs kidnapping," 30 July 2019 And when neighborhood kids went to the Lafayette home to ask Calvin to come outside and play, Ritchie German told them Calvin was at the store with his grandmother. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Suspected gunman in Chippewa Falls deaths may have imitated abduction of Jayme Closs," 30 July 2019 Greta was sitting outside on a bench with her grandmother in New York's Upper West Side when she was struck by a falling piece of a windowsill. Ragan Clark, Dallas News, "Author finds community with memoir on grieving his young daughter's death," 30 July 2019 Fotis Dulos recently claimed in a filing that their five children were being kept under armed guard at their grandmother’s apartment in New York. Doha Madani, NBC News, "Mother of missing Connecticut woman Jennifer Dulos gains custody of grandchildren," 26 July 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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