grandmother


noun

  1. the mother of one’s father or mother.
  2. a female ancestor.

noun

  1. the mother of one’s father or mother
  2. (often plural) a female ancestor
  3. (often capital) a familiar term of address for an old woman
  4. teach one’s grandmother to suck eggs See egg 1 (def. 8)
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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