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 While waiting for the maître d’, a customer could step on an antique scale the size of a grandfather clock. Lauren Collins, The New Yorker, 1 Apr. 2024 Martinsville gives grandfather clocks to its NASCAR Cup winners. Randy Covitz, Kansas City Star, 24 Jan. 2024 From a snowman on skis to a grandfather clock that feels stolen from a scene in The Nutcracker, anyone will enjoy building miniature worlds that match the festivities happening around them. Melissa Epifano,, 9 Sep. 2023 The doorman still ushers guests into the grand, three-story lobby, where the famous grandfather clock has been chiming since the hotel opened. Katie Lockhart, Travel + Leisure, 26 Nov. 2023 See all Example Sentences for grandfather clock 

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1883, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of grandfather clock was in 1883

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“Grandfather clock.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

grandfather clock

: a tall clock standing directly on the floor

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