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

After reading how Harvard’s proxy has acquired significant water rights in California, the good people there are now learning a lesson imparted to us by my grandfather many years ago. WSJ, "Cherish Water as a Precious, Scarce Resource," 19 Dec. 2018 Madeline Relph fell in love with a gold scorpion pendant handed down to her boyfriend, Jye Taylor, by his great-grandfather. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Mercii Is the Bali-Based Label Making Star-Sign Necklaces for the Instagram Age," 7 Dec. 2018 Possible or not, the issue was rendered moot by a design decision made by Bloodhound SSC's grandfather. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Bloodhound SSC: How do you build a car capable of 1,000mph?," 24 Nov. 2018 He is trained by his grandfather in order to become powerful enough to stop the evil Dark Dragon. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "25 Amazing Disney Channel Shows That You Need to Binge ASAP," 8 Aug. 2018 After his basketball career, Mr. Ramsey returned to his home state and became the president of a bank in Dixon, Ky., founded by his grandfather. Washington Post, "Frank Ramsey, NBA Hall of Famer and versatile ‘sixth man,’ dies at 86," 10 July 2018 Stephen Quinn, a wildlife artist and member of the local Environmental Commission, lives in a circa-1921 house built by his great-grandfather. Jay Levin, New York Times, "Ridgefield Park, N.J.: A 21st-Century Mayberry," 4 July 2018 Making dreams come true for 37 young people with autism is a dream come true for Monica Janning, founder of the weeklong camp at the 150-year-old Homestead Farm built by her grandfather in Bellbrook, Ohio. Chuck Gibson, Cincinnati.com, "Camp for children with autism is a dream come true," 26 June 2018 The sides first spoke through intelligence channels, with US analysts working to determine Kim's true willingness to abandon a nuclear program started by his grandfather and viewed by Pyongyang as a security blanket from outside aggressors. Kevin Liptak, CNN, "Trump, Kim set to meet for historic summit," 11 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The move will apply to employers that sign new contracts after Jan. 1, 2020, but UnitedHealth will grandfather in existing clients that chose a different setup. Anna Wilde Mathews, WSJ, "UnitedHealth to Require Drug Rebates Go to Consumers," 12 Mar. 2019 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

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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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