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"grandmother" in British English

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grandmothernoun [C]

uk   /ˈɡræn.mʌð.ər/ /ˈɡræm.mʌð.ər/  us   /ˈɡræn.mʌð.ɚ/ (informal grandma, granny, gran)
A2 the ​mother of a person's ​father or ​mother: Both my grandmothers were from ​Scotland. [as form of address] formal or old-fashioned Sit down here, Grandmother, and ​rest.

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  • My grandmother is in her ​eighties.
  • The ​applepie was as good as the one my grandmother used to make.
  • My grandmother was ​booked for ​speeding last ​week.
  • He ​lives with his grandmother.
  • She was ​brought up by her grandmother.
(Definition of grandmother from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"grandmother" in American English

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grandmothernoun [C]

 us   /ˈɡrændˌmʌð·ər/ (infml grandma,  /ˈɡræm·ə, ˈɡræm·ɑ, ˈɡrænd·mɑ/ , infml granny,  /ˈɡræn·i/ )
the ​mother of a person’s ​father or ​mother
(Definition of grandmother from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “grandmother”
in Arabic جَدّة…
in Korean 할머니…
in Portuguese avó…
in Catalan àvia…
in Japanese 祖母…
in Chinese (Simplified) (外)祖母…
in Turkish anneanne, babaanne, büyükanne…
in Russian бабушка…
in Chinese (Traditional) (外)祖母…
in Italian nonna…
in Polish babcia, babka…
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