grandfather

noun
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

grandfather

verb
grandfathered; grandfathering; grandfathers

Definition of grandfather (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to permit to continue under a grandfather clause

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Other Words from grandfather

Noun

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

Synonyms & Antonyms for grandfather

Synonyms: Noun

ancestor, father, forebear (also forbear), forebearer, forefather, primogenitor, progenitor

Antonyms: Noun

descendant (also descendent)

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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

While two come from backgrounds of staggering wealth — J.B. Pritzker of Illinois and Ned Lamont of Connecticut, whose great-grandfather was chair of JP Morgan & Co. — none come from families with histories of elective office. Mark Schmitt, Vox, "Is dynastic politics on the way out?," 20 Nov. 2018 She also is known by an Inupiaq name, Saqik’in, in her community, named after her great-grandfather, Saqik Sours. Maka Monture, Teen Vogue, "The Arctic Youth Ambassadors Program Is Bringing Awareness to Environmental and Community Issues in Alaska," 24 Sep. 2018 Youngsters tell him about their great-grandfathers' World War II memories. Dan Sewell, Fox News, "Historic WWII raid lives on with Doolittle survivor, now 103," 22 Sep. 2018 Marshall Lambert’s great-grandfather Bernard Lambert founded the first version of the company in 1933, after relocating his family to the United States from Beaumont, Canada. Ronald D. White, latimes.com, "From Sinatra to the Spellings, California's oldest moving company has thrived by remaining discreet," 8 July 2018 This pick would honor great-grandfather Prince Philip. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "All of the Royal Baby Names Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Might Choose," 22 Mar. 2019 Since being forged at the command of Aegon the Conqueror (Daenaerys' great great grandfather) years ago, anyone who's anyone in Westeros has had their eyes on this seat; whoever sits on the Iron Throne controls all of the Seven Kingdoms. Ineye Komonibo, Marie Claire, "HBO Scattered "Iron Thrones" All Over the World for You to Find," 20 Mar. 2019 The Queen took to the photo-sharing platform to share a letter from 1843 written to her great-great-grandfather, Prince Albert. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Queen Elizabeth II, 92, Just Posted Her First-Ever Instagram," 7 Mar. 2019 Like the queen, his great-grandfather was England's King Edward VII, making the monarchs second cousins. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Queen Victoria's Descendants Still Reign Over Europe," 17 Feb. 2019

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While existing wells would be grandfathered in, the rapid decline of unconventional oil and gas production could hurt companies’ expansion plans and, according to some, reduce production. Spencer Jakab, WSJ, "Latest Peril for Oil Companies: Colorado Voters," 21 Oct. 2018 About a year ago, Dropbox grandfathered paying customers with the standard offering into the more advanced plan. Micah Maidenberg, WSJ, "Dropbox Shares Fall on Operating Officer’s Planned Exit," 9 Aug. 2018 By buying flood insurance now, officials say, policy holders would be grandfathered in and subject to only gradual increases once new maps are established. David W. Chen, New York Times, "In New York, Drawing Flood Maps Is a ‘Game of Inches’," 7 Jan. 2018 Through Week 3 of this season, about 40 were still in use that were grandfathered in. Rob Maaddi, The Seattle Times, "NFL wants players to play with a free mind," 16 Oct. 2018 Banning was grandfathered into the old price but Tesla's website wasn't set up for that. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Tesla pulled the “full self-driving” option—here’s what customers think," 25 Oct. 2018 Some members of the audience said knowing which students will be grandfathered in to the existing school attendance areas without knowing where the new boundaries will be does not ease any of their uncertainty or concern. Kimberly Fornek, chicagotribune.com, "Hinsdale District 86 discusses which students may choose a high school outside new attendance areas," 10 July 2018 In 2016, all OG, pre-2014 customers who were grandfathered in to the new Standard plan at $7.99 per month were finally forced to pay the same $9.99 as everyone else. Madeline Buxton, refinery29.com, "Netflix's Ultra Subscription Could Be Its Most Expensive Plan Yet," 5 July 2018 The family room below is actually part of an addition that was grandfathered in before Contreras purchased the home. Lisa Van Loo, azcentral, "Phoenix Coronado house renovation: Lofts, beams and Notorious B.I.G. wallpaper," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of grandfather

Noun

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

Verb

1953, in the meaning defined above

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More Definitions for grandfather

grandfather

noun

English Language Learners Definition of grandfather

: the father of your father or mother

grandfather

noun
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.

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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