grand·​fa·​ther | \ ˈgran(d)-ˌfä-t͟hər How to pronounce grandfather (audio) \

Definition of grandfather

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : the father of one's father or mother


grandfathered; grandfathering; grandfathers

Definition of grandfather (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to permit to continue under a grandfather clause

Other Words from grandfather


grandfatherly \ ˈgran(d)-​ˌfä-​t͟hər-​lē How to pronounce grandfather (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for grandfather

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Noun

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Examples of grandfather in a Sentence

Noun this tradition has been passed down from our pioneer grandfathers
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun It was soon taken over by Ferdinand Desbans, who was from the Périgord region of France and who had been chef to the grandfather of Prince Rainier of Monaco. New York Times, 4 Aug. 2022 The grandfather had been wearing the badge, bloodied and pitted by shotgun pellets, when he was killed in 1927 in a case of mistaken identity by a gunman delirious with malaria. Sam Roberts,, 30 July 2022 But most famously, Cribbins starred as Wilfred, grandfather of the Doctor's companion Donna Noble (Catherine Tate), during the show's 2000s revival. Brendan Morrow, The Week, 28 July 2022 It's been an exciting summer for the new grandfather. Alexandra Schonfeld,, 18 July 2022 The family of Eduardo Uvaldo, 69, prayed for a miracle after the grandfather was shot while attending the Highland Park Fourth of July parade Monday morning. Chicago Tribune Staff, Chicago Tribune, 7 July 2022 Aiden was taken to a police station, where he was reunited with Levberg, the grandfather told Chicago Tribune. Alisha Ebrahimji, CNN, 6 July 2022 Neptune was founded in 1957 by the grandfather of current co-owners Adam and Michael Wallenstein. cleveland, 5 July 2022 The grandfather of one of the children who died at the hospital, 10-year-old Xavier Lopez, blamed the police for not getting his grandson medical attention sooner. Paul Best, Fox News, 10 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But all of this can be avoided if Democrats instead simply grandfather in existing enrollees and leave it at that. Brian Blase, WSJ, 28 July 2022 There was perhaps little question that Mr. Abe would eventually follow his father and grandfather into politics. New York Times, 8 July 2022 The proposal would grandfather in current public school and state employees for health insurance coverage as retirees, according to Hickey. Rachel Herzog, Arkansas Online, 24 Feb. 2022 This rule appears to grandfather the Nike Next% shoe that Bridgid Kosgei wore to her world-record 2:14:04 in the Chicago Marathon last fall. Amby Burfoot, Outside Online, 31 Jan. 2020 The act would grandfather foreign investors from loss of their funds by virtue of retroactive effect of EB-5 developments and create a safety net to protect them. Andy J. Semotiuk, Forbes, 8 Nov. 2021 The former Ole Miss and NFL quarterback - father to Peyton and Eli Manning, and grandfather to highly recruited Arch - has been on a whirlwind tour of celebrating his sons’ contributions to the game. Mark Heim |, al, 19 Oct. 2021 All of those features will not be possible with respect to trusts that are formed or to the extent funded after the date of enactment, but the legislation would grandfather trusts, to the extent funded, up through the date of enactment. Alan Gassman, Forbes, 6 Oct. 2021 And the legislation would grandfather in existing trusts, meaning that those who have already established trusts would be able to continue to use them to avoid paying estate taxes. Jeff Ernsthausen, ProPublica, 28 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of grandfather


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1953, in the meaning defined above

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More Definitions for grandfather


grand·​fa·​ther | \ ˈgrand-ˌfä-t͟hər How to pronounce grandfather (audio) , ˈgran- \

Kids Definition of grandfather

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


transitive verb

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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