grandfather clock


Definition of grandfather clock

: a tall pendulum clock that stands on the floor

called also grandfather, grandfather's clock

Examples of grandfather clock in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Damage was estimated $500,000 to the main assembly building of the Million-Rutherford Company in Fallston, where grandfather clocks were made. Erika Butler,, "50 years ago: Harford needs to sell $28 million in bonds, seeks to drop interest rate ceiling," 25 Nov. 2019 Seven-time series champ Jimmie Johnson has been Mr. Martinsville, collecting nine grandfather clocks at the Virginia short track. Joe Williams, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "NASCAR Betting: First Data 500 picks and betting tips," 27 Oct. 2019 The idea was that the rolltop roof would allow families to transport potted trees or grandfather clocks in an upright position. Chris Woodyard, USA TODAY, "How odd is a Ford Mustang SUV? Here are 5 other weird automotive spin-offs," 18 Nov. 2019 Earlier this month, Marvin Schneider, who is 78 years old, set to work on an 18th-century grandfather clock in the council speaker’s office in City Hall. Anne Kadet, WSJ, "Clock Master Keeps New York City Ticking," 20 Mar. 2018 Virginia native Denny Hamlin of Joe Gibbs Racing has racked up five grandfather clocks of his own at the Martinsville paper clip. Joe Williams, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "NASCAR Betting: First Data 500 picks and betting tips," 27 Oct. 2019 That solid mahogany grandfather clock came through unscathed. Los Angeles Times, "For Porter Ranch, Saddleridge fire is the latest disaster on a growing list," 12 Oct. 2019 Proving the point, clock fan Fritz eagerly explores John’s range of timepieces, including grandfather clocks, cuckoo clocks, and more. oregonlive, "‘American Pickers’ returns to the Northwest to visit ‘the clock king of Oregon’," 7 Sep. 2019 Old analog clocks, like grandfather clocks, will time the swings between a pendulum moving back and forth. Loren Grush, The Verge, "An atomic clock, ‘green’ propellant, and a sunlight-surfing sail are headed to space next week," 21 June 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'grandfather clock.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of grandfather clock

1883, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for grandfather clock

from the song My Grandfather's Clock (1876) by Henry C. Work †1884 American songwriter

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about grandfather clock

Time Traveler for grandfather clock

Time Traveler

The first known use of grandfather clock was in 1883

See more words from the same year

Statistics for grandfather clock

Cite this Entry

“Grandfather clock.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for grandfather clock

grandfather clock


English Language Learners Definition of grandfather clock

: a tall clock that stands on the floor

grandfather clock


Kids Definition of grandfather clock

: a tall clock standing directly on the floor

More from Merriam-Webster on grandfather clock

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for grandfather clock Encyclopedia article about grandfather clock

Comments on grandfather clock

What made you want to look up grandfather clock? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Musical Words Quiz

  • gramophone
  • Which word describes a musical performance marked by the absence of instrumental accompaniment?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!