grand·​dad·​dy | \ˈgran-ˌda-dē \
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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the granddaddy of all English mystery novels

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This is not your granddaddy’s Georgia, which Trump carried by only five points in 2016. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Leaked recordings of Ga. governor candidate highlight why people mistrust politicians," 11 July 2018 This is the granddaddy issue, and one people never think about. Andy Benoit,, "NFL and College Football Are Not the Same Game," 11 July 2018 Sunday night’s slog was further confirmation that Oscar season is just too long and that previous awards telecasts have upstaged the granddaddy of show-business awards. Hal Boedeker,, "Oscars: Dull, unsurprising, doomed?," 5 Mar. 2018 Last, but certainly not least, the granddaddy of decadent dishes at Disneyland Resort is this appetizer at Lamplight Lounge, which opens June 23 in the space of the former Ariel’s Grotto restaurant on Pixar Pier. Pam Kragen,, "15 must-try foods at Disneyland and Disney California parks this summer," 13 June 2018 The arts organization, granddaddy of Philadelphia’s alternative performing arts spaces, has been at the location since 1981. Stephan Salisbury,, "Painted Bride and its Zagar murals deserve historic designation, panel finds," 20 June 2018 There’s no comparison with Alan Trammell and Lou Whitaker, the granddaddies of middle-infield relationships who spent 19 years together and were in the same lineup 1,612 times, the longest all-time affiliation for a shortstop and second baseman. John Shea, San Francisco Chronicle, "Giants’ Crawford, Panik among longest-tenured partnerships," 5 Apr. 2018 The granddaddy of the bunch is Rub Rub Rub Sugar Scrub, which is normally packaged as 11.6 ounces for $23. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Lush Is Launching Super-Sized Versions of Its Best-Selling Products," 10 July 2018 The Midnight Sun baseball game is the granddaddy of all things solstice in Alaska. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Celebrate solstice by catching a ballgame or watching ski jumpers," 20 June 2018

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First Known Use of granddaddy

1648, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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the figure or shape of a crescent moon

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