grand·​par·​ent | \ ˈgran(d)-ˌper-ənt How to pronounce grandparent (audio) \

Definition of grandparent

: a parent of one's father or mother

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Other Words from grandparent

grandparental \ ˌgran(d)-​pə-​ˈren-​tᵊl How to pronounce grandparental (audio) \ adjective
grandparenthood \ ˈgran(d)-​ˈper-​ent-​ˌhu̇d How to pronounce grandparenthood (audio) \ noun

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An Artkive book would be the perfect gift for an elementary school art teacher, grandparents, or babysitter. Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "Artkive Is The Most Adorable Solution For Saving All Of Your Kid’s Art Without The Clutter," 25 Jan. 2019 When a child must be removed from their home, they should be placed with grandparents, aunts, uncles, godparents, or prior babysitters — someone the child already knows and feels safe with. Darlene Byrne, Time, "I'm a Judge Who Decides if Children Should Be Separated from Abusive Parents. Here’s How Trump’s Immigration Policy Should Change," 27 June 2018 My grandparents, who were together for more than 70 years, said that love is compromise. Glen David Gold, New York Times, "Staying Together by Living Apart (in a Duplex)," 22 June 2018 My pop-in habit, much like my liquor cabinet, is inspired by my maternal grandparents. Chris Kornelis, WSJ, "Rediscover the Art of the Pop-In," 27 Dec. 2018 Sharing another adorable photo of her daughter on Instagram, the actress revealed that Rani is already being doted upon by her famous grandparents, Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Hudson's Photo of Baby Rani with Goldie Hawn & Kurt Russell Is so Sweet," 8 Dec. 2018 Like Cannady, about 91 percent of kinship caregivers are grandparents. Marcus Harrison Green, The Seattle Times, "Grandparents raising grandkids say they need more help from Washington state," 28 Dec. 2018 Hosted by Claire Foy, the sketch comedy show spared no expense for anyone, with Alec Baldwin reprising his role as a disgruntled President Trump and the cast hilariously spoofing the grandparents from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Jennifer Lance, Glamour, "SNL Just Trolled All Your Favorite Netflix Shows," 2 Dec. 2018 The darling photos show Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis with their parents, as well as their aunt and uncle Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, and grandparents Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton Just Gave an Adorable Update on Prince Louis," 29 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of grandparent

1574, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of grandparent

: a parent of your father or mother


grand·​par·​ent | \ ˈgrand-ˌper-ənt How to pronounce grandparent (audio) \

Kids Definition of grandparent

: a parent of someone's father or mother

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of or relating to a parable or parabola

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