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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the granddaddy of all English mystery novels
Recent Examples on the Web After having been closed for five weeks, this granddaddy of New York’s independent bookstores began taking online orders on April 25 – weeks before any bookstore in the state was allowed to resume limited operations for on-site customers. Hillary Chura, The Christian Science Monitor, "An impossible comeback? The small New York shops trying to survive.," 18 May 2020 Kahn is a co-founder of Barrio, perhaps the granddaddy of Cleveland’s taquerias. cleveland, "Condado Tacos will open its third Cleveland-area location in Strongsville in July," 24 Feb. 2020 The granddaddy of loaded words, this one feels totally inaccessible for anyone that isn’t wearing a lab coat or a hoodie. Josh Linkner, Detroit Free Press, "Redefine these 8 words to reimagine your future," 2 May 2020 The granddaddy of virus conspiracy theories involves Bill Gates. Dallas News, "A Harvard professor accused of creating the coronavirus shares my last name. Are we related?," 1 May 2020 How many people can be in a video hangout: 10 Skype The granddaddy of video chat got its original fame as a way to make free calls overseas. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "From Apple to Zoom: How to stay connected with your friends with video chats," 12 Mar. 2020 Founded in 1896, this granddaddy of Arizona health resorts once lured the likes of the Vanderbilts with the restorative waters of its name. Betsy Blumenthal, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Biggest Wellness Travel Trends: Sound Baths, Tickling Helmets, and More," 14 Feb. 2020 The staff of MoveOn, the granddaddy of digital organizing, has never shared an office in its more than 20 years of existence. Micah L. Sifry, The New Republic, "The Vanishing Public Square," 6 Apr. 2020 Comic-Con International: San Diego, the granddaddy of all entertainment conventions, had its unofficial start Wednesday with Preview Night. Gieson Cacho, The Mercury News, "Photos: Comic-Con 2019 kicks off with Preview Night," 17 July 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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24 May 2020

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“Granddaddy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 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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