noun see grandam 1

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  • grandame — c.1200, a grandmother; an old woman, from GRAND (Cf. grand) (adj.) + DAME (Cf. dame). Cf. Anglo Fr. graund dame. Contracted form grannam attested from 1590s …   Etymology dictionary

  • grandame — n. grandmother; elderly woman …   English contemporary dictionary

  • grandame — gran·dame …   English syllables

  • grandame — noun see grandam 1 …   Useful english dictionary

  • grandmother — (n.) early 15c., from GRAND (Cf. grand) (adj.) + MOTHER (Cf. mother) (n.1), probably on analogy of Fr. grand mère. Replaced earlier GRANDAME (Cf. grandame) (c.1200) and O.E. ealdemodor …   Etymology dictionary

  • granny — 1660s, according to OED, most likely a diminutive and contraction of grannam, shortened form of GRANDAME (Cf. grandame), rather than from grandmother. The sailor s granny knot (by 1803, originally granny s knot, so called because it is the… …   Etymology dictionary

  • grandam — [gran′dam΄, gran′dəm] n. [ME grandame < Anglo Fr graund dame: see GRAND & DAME] Now Rare 1. a grandmother 2. an old woman: Also sp. grandame …   English World dictionary

  • grandam — noun Etymology: Middle English graundam, from Anglo French graund dame, literally, great lady Date: 13th century 1. (or grandame) a. grandmother b. an old woman 2. (or granddam) a dam s or sire s dam used of an animal …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • grandam — /gran deuhm, dam/, n. 1. a grandmother. 2. an old woman. Also, grandame /gran daym, deuhm/. [1175 1225; ME gra(u)ndame < OF grant dame. See GRAND, DAME] * * * …   Universalium

  • grand — [16] The original Latin word for ‘big’ was magnus (as in magnify, magnitude, etc). However, it also had grandis. This not only denoted great physical size; it also had connotations of moral greatness or sublimity, and in addition often carried… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

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