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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There is the statistic that grandparents who babysit tend to live longer. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "I Couldn't Be a Mom, Without My Own Mom's Help," 10 May 2019 This is the moment to pull our nannies, daycare providers, and grandparent caregivers out of the shadows. Lauren Smith Brody, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Invisible Nannies of Instagram," 17 Apr. 2019 In Meghan and Harry's case, the baby will probably be baptized at nearby Windsor Castle, and my money's still on George and Amal Clooney for grandparents. GET EXCITED. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "These Are the Exact Protocols for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Royal Baby Birth," 27 Mar. 2019 In books as in life, grandparents usually belong to the supporting cast, adored but cheerfully taken for granted. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: Faith and Family, Midwestern-Style," 1 Mar. 2019 In this ruse, a grandparent will get a call from someone who claims to be the grandchild or announce the grandchild is in jail. Milwaukee, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Scam caller tells grandma her grandson is in jail. Except he is 8-years-old! Better Business Bureau offers tips to avoid becoming a mark," 11 Apr. 2018 The eligibility requirements to play on Team Israel include being married to a Jew or having a Jewish grandparent. Sergio Carmona, Jewish Journal, "Team Israel's inspiring World Baseball Classic run documented," 22 Mar. 2018 He was surrounded by aunts and was especially close to his grandparents. Julia Reed, ELLE Decor, "Tour a rebuilt and refreshed California home damaged by fire," 11 Feb. 2019 Etta, 7, and Carter, 9, were traveling from Des Moines to Orlando on July 22 after a trip to visit their grandparents when bad weather caused their flight to divert to Atlanta late at night, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Michelle Gant, Fox News, "Parents call out Frontier Airlines for treatment unaccompanied minors," 10 Aug. 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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