granny flat


chiefly British
: an apartment that is adjacent to the main living quarters of a house

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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web My parents had recently moved us from a granny flat in a rough part of Anaheim to a three-bedroom, two-bath, one-swimming pool American dream in a better part of town. Gustavo Arellano, Los Angeles Times, 17 June 2022 Terms such as guest house, cottage, or even granny flat might be commonly used for structures similar to an ADU, but these structures can vary widely depending on your local municipality. Kristine Gill, Better Homes & Gardens, 7 July 2022 Deputies saw Lukosky’s car parked in front of the main home in front of the granny flat. Teri Figueroa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Oct. 2021 The answer came in transforming the detached garage into a 550-square-foot accessory dwelling unit, otherwise known as an ADU or granny flat, for Maggie. Los Angeles Times, 18 May 2022 Split the lot in two, each with a single-family home and a granny flat in back. Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 Sep. 2021 Lisa Boone tells the unconventional story in which the single-family residence was cut in half and now consists of a granny flat in front and a main house in back. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, 13 Nov. 2021 At Cowen’s preliminary hearing in January 2020, witnesses testified that neighbors near the couple’s home — a granny flat behind Cowen’s mother’s house — had previously heard screaming and doors slamming at the residence. Teri Figueroa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Oct. 2021 Her memories of her parents’ old garage granny flat quickly came to the fore. Nicole Sours Larson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 July 2021 See More

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Word History


from its use by parents of the family living in the house

First Known Use

1965, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of granny flat was in 1965

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“Granny flat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2022.

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