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
Recent Examples on the Web Ohio The former granddaddy of all the swing states, Ohio has lost a bit of its luster since 2016. cleveland, "Ohio is the now the Republican Flyover state that sometimes votes blue: The Flyover," 24 Dec. 2019 Because Kylo ain’t the only one with a famous Sith granddaddy. Lauren Morgan,, "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker," 21 Dec. 2019 The fastest and easiest way to take in the majesty of Art Basel Miami Beach 2019, the granddaddy art fair bringing thousands of tourists to our hood, is by steering clear of all that mess. Phillip Valys,, "Art Basel Miami Beach 2019: Guide to parking, tickets, events - and what to avoid," 26 Nov. 2019 For that matter, the granddaddy of streaming, Netflix, charges up to $16 a month, but releases dozens of original series and movies every year, while streaming thousands of hours of TV reruns and old movies., "Apple TV Plus," 1 Nov. 2019 The granddaddy of them all, the holy shrine of stone crab, Joe’s stayed open for the summer, but today marks its 106th stone crab season. Michael Mayo,, "Claws for concern: Stone crab season starts with high prices," 16 Oct. 2019 Only a coldhearted road tripper heading southeast toward Indio on I-10 would pass Shields’s roadside curiosity without tasting the granddaddy of all date shakes. Jennifer Emerling, National Geographic, "Seeking silence on a California road trip," 6 Aug. 2019 The granddaddy of community T-Day feasts is again Eric Holm, owner and president of Metro Corral Partners, a group of Golden Corral restaurants in the Southeast. Kate Santich,, "Where to find free turkeys, meals for Thanksgiving in greater Orlando," 22 Nov. 2019 As granddaddy of all the week’s events, the Concours has humble roots, debuting as a small fundraiser for local charities back in 1950. NBC News, "Pebble Beach Car Week: Where one-percenters can blow $48 million on a car," 16 Aug. 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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5 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Granddaddy.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 27 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of granddaddy

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

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one that suddenly gains wealth or power

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