- Obs. a grandmother
- an old woman; esp., a hideous old woman; hag
Origin of beldamME, grandmother ; from bel, good, beautiful ; from Old French bel, used as term of affection and respect in the Middle Ages (see beau) + dame
An old woman, especially one who is considered ugly.
Origin of beldamMiddle English, grandmother : bel, indicating respect (from Old French bel, fine, from Latin bellus; see deu-2 in Indo-European roots) + dame, lady; see dame.
- Alternative spelling of beldame.