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grandmother

[gran-muhth-er, grand-, gram-] /ˈgrænˌmʌð ər, ˈgrænd-, ˈgræm-/
noun
1.
the mother of one's father or mother.
2.
a female ancestor.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English; see grand-, mother1
Can be confused
grammar, grandma, grandmother.
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Examples for grandmother
  • He visits his grandmother, his mixedrace uncle dode staying with her.
  • His mother died at an early age and he was raised mainly by his grandmother.
British Dictionary definitions for grandmother

grandmother

/ˈɡrænˌmʌðə; ˈɡrænd-/
noun
1.
the mother of one's father or mother
2.
(often pl) a female ancestor
3.
(often capital) a familiar term of address for an old woman
4.
teach one's grandmother to suck eggs, See egg1 (sense 8)
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Word Origin and History for grandmother
n.

early 15c., from grand (adj.) + mother (n.1), probably on analogy of French grand-mère. Replaced earlier grandame (c.1200) and Old English ealdemodor.

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