granddaddy

noun
grand·​dad·​dy | \ ˈgran-ˌda-dē How to pronounce granddaddy (audio) \
variants: or less commonly grandaddy

Definition of granddaddy

2 : one that is the first, earliest, or most venerable of its kind

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Examples of granddaddy in a Sentence

the granddaddy of all English mystery novels

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Cape Cod Beer is the granddaddy of Cape breweries, while Barnstable Brewing opened in 2017. BostonGlobe.com, "Cape Cod is officially awash in craft beer - The Boston Globe," 10 Sep. 2019 And not just any cake, but the grand finale to a dinner gathering or the centerpiece of granddaddy’s 99th birthday party — no big deal. Joy Wilson, Washington Post, "Get Voraciously’s Baking Basics newsletter and learn the techniques that make baking a piece of cake," 10 Sep. 2019 The granddaddy of them all is Jake Bentley at South Carolina. Brent Zwerneman, ExpressNews.com, "SEC loaded with high-profile quarterbacks," 17 Aug. 2019 The granddaddy of European palaces is Versailles, King Louis XIV's 17th-century escape from Paris. Rick Steves, USA TODAY, "European royalty's most over-the-top summer retreats, from Versailles to Neuschwanstein," 8 July 2019 This sinkhole is the granddaddy of all potholes up in the city. Luke Broadwater, baltimoresun.com, "Franchot tells MTA it’s ‘critical’ Baltimore light rail service resumes soon after sinkhole repairs," 25 July 2019 From backflips out of the balconies to suplexes off the top rope to the concrete floor, this isn’t your granddaddy’s version of professional wrestling. Adam Abdalla, Dallas News, "New Japan Pro-Wrestling makes its live Dallas debut tonight — and you can thank Mark Cuban for it," 6 July 2019 From backflips out of the balconies to suplexes off the top rope to the concrete floor, this isn’t your granddaddy’s version of professional wrestling. Adam Abdalla, Dallas News, "New Japan Pro-Wrestling makes its live Dallas debut next week — and you can thank Mark Cuban for it," 28 June 2019 New Glarus Near the northern trailhead for the 24-mile Sugar River trail is the granddaddy of Wisconsin craft breweries, New Glarus. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Beer and a bike ride: 12 breweries along bike trails in Wisconsin," 6 June 2019

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First Known Use of granddaddy

1648, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of granddaddy was in 1648

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granddaddy

noun

English Language Learners Definition of granddaddy

informal
: someone or something that is the first or oldest one in a particular area or field

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