Meaning of GRAM in English


I. ˈgram noun

Etymology: obsolete Portuguese (now spelled grão ), grain, from Latin granum

Date: 1702

: any of several leguminous plants (as a chickpea) grown especially for their seed ; also : their seeds

II. ˈgram noun

Etymology: French gramme, from Late Latin gramma, a small weight, from Greek grammat-, gramma letter, writing, a small weight, from graphein to write — more at carve

Date: 1810

1. : a metric unit of mass equal to 1/1000 kilogram and nearly equal to the mass of one cubic centimeter of water at its maximum density — see metric system table

2. : the weight of a gram under the acceleration of gravity

III. noun

Etymology: by shortening & alteration

Date: circa 1934

: grandmother

IV. abbreviation

grammar; grammatical

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