grandmother

noun
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

Examples of grandmother in a Sentence

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Your grandmother doesn’t seem to know how to love everyone equally. Amy Dickinson, The Mercury News, "Ask Amy: She throws money at her loser son and ignores the amazing one," 12 Sep. 2019 Your grandmother doesn’t seem to know how to love everyone equally. BostonGlobe.com, "Enabling mom creates extreme family imbalance - The Boston Globe," 12 Sep. 2019 Your grandmother doesn’t seem to know how to love everyone equally. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Enabling mom creates extreme family imbalance," 12 Sep. 2019 Your grandmother doesn’t seem to know how to love everyone equally. Amy Dickinson, Washington Post, "Ask Amy: Enabling mom creates extreme family imbalance," 12 Sep. 2019 Your daughter broke her leg, her grandmother shattered both wrists. Steve Rushin, SI.com, "The Death of Paper Tickets and the Stories They Leave Behind," 12 Sep. 2019 Roberts was at his grandmother's home in Richmond that afternoon when someone entered the house and shot him in the backyard, CNN affiliate KPIX reported in a statement attributed to Roberts' family. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, "Former NFL player Terrell Roberts shot and killed," 12 Sep. 2019 Your grandmother doesn’t seem to know how to love everyone equally. Amy Dickinson, The Denver Post, "Ask Amy: Enabling mom creates extreme family imbalance," 12 Sep. 2019 Bell, who is from Jacksonville, Florida, was in Allendale, South Carolina with his grandmother ahead of Hurricane Dorian. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "A 6-year-old used his Disney birthday trip money to help hurricane evacuees. Now he's going for free.," 11 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of grandmother

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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grandmother

noun

English Language Learners Definition of grandmother

: the mother of your father or mother

grandmother

noun
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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