from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The mother of one's father or mother; a grandmother.
  • n. An old woman.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. grandmother
  • n. old lady, elderly woman

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An old woman; specifically, a grandmother.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An old woman; especially, a grandmother.


Middle English grandame, from Old French dame-grant : dame, lady; see dame + grand, grant, great; see grand.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the French grand dame (Wiktionary)


  • Judith Merril was known as the grandam of science fiction and Phyllis as the mother of Canadian SF.

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  • "When my father told me that my grandam" ( "grandam" has a good sound always, like a great oath) "had been murdered by de Morimont of Morimont Castle, I swore that the murder should not go unavenged.

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  • If they put Raul in the first movie other than being a baby or a youngster in the end with grandam then I will not see the movies to damaged the integrity of the books in such a way would be horrible!

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  • Shahriman showed the more kindness to Julnar and honoured her with increase of honour; and the little one grew up and flourished, whilst his maternal uncle and grandam and cousins visited the King every few days and abode with him a month or two months at a time.

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  • He had a religious side as the miracle-working leader of a cult that believed in the transmigration of souls (that "the soul of our grandam might haply inhabit a bird," as Shakespeare's Malvolio puts it in "Twelfth Night").

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  • Boy! it was happy for thy grandam that she loved me not.

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  •     Credibly; so grandsire, grandam alike did agree.

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  • Khorii's grandsire and grandam were no less remarkable than her parents, both having recently returned from the dead.

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  • The smallest boy or the most secluded grandam could tell you whether No. 32 had a hot-box last Tuesday, whether No. 7 was going to put on an extra day - coach; and the name of the president of the road was familiar to every breakfast table.

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  • Now my grandam does it because she is parcel blind by age, and whole blind by kindred; and my master, the poor Dominie, does it to curry favour, and have the fullest platter of furmity and the warmest seat by the fire.


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