One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1archaic term for grandmother
- ‘Like her mother and her undefeated champion grandam, the precocious Storm Flag Flying keeps McGaughey on his toes.’
- 1.1 An old woman.
- ‘One group crowds around a tippling grandam, closely attentive to her stories.’
- 1.2 A female ancestor.
Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French graund dame (see grand, dame). Of the English terms of relationship formed with grand, this is the oldest.
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