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 (grăn′dăm′, -dəm)
1. The female grandparent of an animal, especially a domesticated mammal such as a horse.
2. also gran·dame (-dām′, -däm, -dəm) Archaic
a. The mother of one's father or mother; a grandmother.
b. An old woman.

[Middle English grandame, from Old French dame-grant : dame, lady; see dame + grand, grant, great; see grand.]
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(ˈɡrændəm; -dæm) or


an archaic word for grandmother
[C13: from Anglo-French grandame, from Old French grand- + dame lady, mother]
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(ˈgræn dəm, -dæm)

also gran•dame

(-deɪm, -dəm)

2. an old woman.
[1175–1225; Middle English gra(u)ndame < Old French grant dame. See grand, dame]
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Dimmesdale had taken her in charge, the good grandam's chief earthly comfort -- which, unless it had been likewise a heavenly comfort, could have been none at all -- was to meet her pastor, whether casually, or of set purpose, and be refreshed with a word of warm, fragrant, heaven-breathing Gospel truth, from his beloved lips, into her dulled, but rapturously attentive ear.
Yet, by a strange deception, owing to the duskiness of the chamber, and the antique dresses which they still wore, the tall mirror is said to have reflected the figures of the three old, gray, withered grandsires, ridiculously contending for the skinny ugliness of a shrivelled grandam.
There were the little faces of the children, peeping from their bed apart, and here the father's frame of strength, the mother's subdued and careful mien, the high- browed youth, the budding girl, and the good old grandam, still knitting in the warmest place.
"They took the grandam's blanket, Who shivered and bade them go; They took the baby's cradle, Who could not say them no."
Her musical partner (and husband), Nigel Stonier, is joined by guests like Cara Dillon (guest vocals on Grandam Gold and Don't Dim Your Light For Anyone), Sam and Seth Lakeman and percussion from Michael Blair (Tom Waits, Elvis Costello) all of whom add to the general folk-rock sound.
Racing manager Alan Cooper has been part of the Niarchos family set-up long enough to remember Alpha Centauri's great grandam Miesque doing the Jacques le Marois-Breeders' Cup Mile double as a three-year-old in 1987.
In the topsy-turvy spirit of festive comedy, he declares him insane until he resolves never to kill a bird "lest he dispossess the soul of [his] grandam" (4.2.50).
/ Grandam, this would have been a biting jest"; and Margaret Beaufort's speech to the Duchess of York: "From forth the kennel of thy womb hath crept / A hell-hound that doth hunt us all to death: / That dog, that had his teeth before his eyes, / To worry lambs, and lap their gentle blood" (IV.iv.47-50).
A Pontiac GrandAm driven by Nancy Cavalo of Halsey on Highway 99 on Monday first struck a Ford Edge, driven by Richard Olson of Junction City, before colliding with a Mazda MZ3.
I think Crab, my dog, be the sourest-natured dog that lives: my mother weeping, my father wailing, my sister crying, our maid howling, our cat wringing her hands, and all our house in a great perplexity, yet did not this cruel-hearted cur shed one tear: he is a stone, a very pebble stone, and has no more pity in him than a dog: a Jew would have wept to have seen our parting; why, my grandam, having no eyes, look you, wept herself blind at my parting (38).
Rabbah De Carrere's dam, Mizzna, and grandam, Alanudd, won this race in the past.
The dearly loved wife of Stephen, loving mum of Carol, David and Susan, much loved grandam, great-grandma and great-great-grandma.