grand·​child | \ ˈgran(d)-ˌchī(-ə)ld \

Definition of grandchild

: the child of one's son or daughter

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So your children and your grandchildren will never have to repay it. Eric Johnson, Recode, "American capitalism broke in the 1980s. Can it be fixed?," 7 Nov. 2018 There has already been talk of Doria moving to England permanently, especially since her first grandchild is on the way. Araceli Cruz, Teen Vogue, "Meghan Markle’s Mom Doria Ragland Reportedly Invited to Christmas at Sandringham," 5 Nov. 2018 This year's honorary co-chairs are two of his grandchildren, Sam Bush LeBlond and Marshall Bush. CBS News, "Annual George H.W. Bush golf tournament kicks off at Maine club," 19 June 2018 Bill and Evelyn, a schoolteacher, raised a baker’s dozen of offspring, who in turn produced a nearly uncountable generation of grandchildren. Michael Berry, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘The Last Cowboys: A Pioneer Family in the New West,’ by John Branch," 17 May 2018 Pidathala, the eldest of five grandchildren, remembered how stacks were always threatening to topple over in various corners of the house. Tejal Rao, New York Times, "A Spicy, Crunchy Indian Fish Fry the Way Her Grandmother Liked It," 15 May 2018 On another wall were the measurements of his grandchildren — the last one marked Feb. 16. David Montero,, "In Hawaii, life goes on under the volcano, even as it spews lava and threatens to explode," 13 May 2018 Alexander is a full-time homemaker who has been married for 39 years and has four grown children and nine grandchildren. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "This Conservative Blogger's Chart Shaming Working Moms Predictably Sparks Outrage," 14 Dec. 2018 Across the pond, their family is shown celebrating a quintessential Christmas complete with a cozy fire, stockings hung with care, and smiling grandchildren. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "London's Heathrow Airport's New Christmas Commercial Is Here," 8 Nov. 2018

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1569, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of grandchild

: a child of your son or daughter


grand·​child | \ ˈgrand-ˌchīld, ˈgran-\
plural grandchildren\ -​ˌchil-​drən \

Kids Definition of grandchild

: a child of a person's son or daughter

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to gather or build up little by little

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