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grandfather

noun grand·fa·ther \ ˈgran(d)-ˌfä-t͟hər \

Definition of grandfather

1 a :the father of one's father or mother
b :ancestor 1a
2 :granddaddy 2

grandfatherly

play \ˈgran(d)-ˌfä-t͟hər-lē\ adjective

Examples of grandfather in a Sentence

  1. this tradition has been passed down from our pioneer grandfathers

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First Known Use of grandfather

15th century


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grandfather

verb

Definition of grandfather

transitive verb
:to permit to continue under a grandfather clause

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First Known Use of grandfather

1953


GRANDFATHER Defined for English Language Learners

grandfather

noun

Definition of grandfather for English Language Learners

  • : the father of your father or mother


GRANDFATHER Defined for Kids

grandfather

noun grand·fa·ther \ ˈgrand-ˌfä-t͟hər , ˈgran- \

Definition of grandfather for Students

1 :the father of someone's father or mother
2 :ancestor His grandfathers had all farmed the land.

Law Dictionary

grandfather

transitive verb grand·fa·ther

legal Definition of grandfather

:to permit to continue under a grandfather clause
  • current residents will be grandfathered under the regulation
often used with in


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