grandfather clock

noun

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 Kardashian struck some poses standing next to a grandfather clock wearing a high-shine metallic sequin bra with matching silver high-rise shorts featuring a brocade print. Kaitlyn Frey, PEOPLE.com, 3 Jan. 2022 As Irene’s tension mounts, the film externalizes it through other symbols: a loudly ticking grandfather clock, a pot of water boiling over and even her breaking a teapot at a midday social in her home. New York Times, 19 Nov. 2021 All announced by the ticking of the grandfather clock in the living room, which acts as a steady beat backing the song of the storm. Seija Rankin, EW.com, 18 Nov. 2021 Martinsville presents its race winners with a traditional grandfather clock considered one of the most coveted trophies in NASCAR. BostonGlobe.com, 31 Oct. 2021 Keselowski, winner of Martinsville’s grandfather clock trophy in 2017 and 2019, has wanted to focus only on Sunday’s race and not use his closing days to reflect on his time driving for one of the most respected organizations in motorsports. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 31 Oct. 2021 It’s like a quantum grandfather clock, where the ticking comes from the oscillations of the laser light rather than the swing of a pendulum. Katie Mccormick, Quanta Magazine, 25 Oct. 2021 The house is equipped with the grandfather clock Nalini bought to impress Prashant and also with Devi’s uncle Aravind, who serves as male chaperone to the meeting. Abby Govindan, Vulture, 15 July 2021 That diamond necklace, grandfather clock, antique rug and vintage car are not just going to march themselves into the right hands. Marni Jameson, orlandosentinel.com, 2 July 2021

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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

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15 Jan 2022

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“Grandfather clock.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/grandfather%20clock. Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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grandfather clock

noun

English Language Learners Definition of grandfather clock

: a tall clock that stands on the floor

grandfather clock

noun

Kids Definition of grandfather clock

: a tall clock standing directly on the floor

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