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GRANDMOTHER, domestic relations. The mother of one's father or mother. The father's mother is called the paternal grandmother; the mother's mother is the maternal grandmother.

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Her grandmotherly smile and humility helped Dikshit to sail through the rough and tumble of ways the city readied and showcased itself in the nick of time for the Commonwealth Games 2010.
Gordon himself shares the demythologizing attitude through his desire to correct the image of Carter as "a primitive, quasi-mystical teller of tales," an image that only became more prevalent "after she stopped dyeing her hair in the 1980s" (278); such views, Gordon feels, give short shrift to the many qualities in Carter's writing that challenge the grandmotherly tale-teller image.
Her TV advice, her grandmotherly appearance and the North East accent she never lost, won her a place in the nation's hearts.
On the ship, she befriends 10-year-old Alice, and a grandmotherly protector, Sarah.
In real life she's just as she is on TV, possessing the sort of grandmotherly charm that has the nation feeling nostalgic and giving grans the land over a perfect role model.
Her TV advice, her grandmotherly appearance and the North East accent she never lost won her a place in the nation's hearts.
She had a fearsome work ethic and after a lifetime of graft as a miner's wife raising eight children, bingo formed her only form of recreation in her grandmotherly years.
The boy can be with the girl only after he completes "tasks," laid down by the maid's grandmotherly benefactor, to prove his undying love.
I was never fooled by the sweet grandmotherly facade of that tile game, so it came as no surprise to me when a weekly game of mahjong played by four elderly ladies in Altamonte Springs, Florida, was shut down by local police after word got out that the mahjong miscreants, ages 87 to 95, were (gasp!) gambling.
A grandmotherly figure with white hair peers benignly over her reading glasses in a magazine ad.
Roles to be filled include two teenage boys, two men and two women in the age range of 30s and 40s, plus one 60-ish grandmotherly actor.
ABSOLUTE "It was such an exciting day!" she says, in her familiar warm grandmotherly voice.