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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Now that Archie's christening is fast approaching, the bets on who his grandparents will be are coming in hot. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Who Is Jessica Mulroney? Meghan Markle's BFF Is One of the Royal Baby's Potential Godparents," 2 July 2019 His grandparents built and owned 1360 Montgomery Street, an Art Moderne apartment building on Telegraph Hill. Sam Whiting,, "Neil Malloch, SF volunteer historian, found dead in Death Valley," 29 June 2019 Gray went looking for her and then broke into the other home, where there were two children and their grandparents. Carol Robinson |,, "Birmingham felon guilty in bizarre 2018 shooting death of his friend," 24 June 2019 Benjamin, who grew up mostly in Phoenix, Arizona across the street from his grandparents, wasn’t an overnight success. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Alec Benjamin Is a Pop Storyteller for the Next Generation," 21 June 2019 Engel — who is retired but heads a nonprofit for grandparents raising their grandchildren — was attending a meeting of that group at a church building. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "Don't do your boss any favors buying gift cards — it's likely a scam," 20 June 2019 Clark was shot seven times on March 18, 2018, in his grandparent's backyard. Jamiel Lynch, CNN, "'Verbal settlement' reached in Stephon Clark's family lawsuit," 19 June 2019 His question about the restaurants his grandparents operated during the 1920s and ’30s brought up their connection with East Side real estate/gaming mogul Charles Bellinger, covered here June 9. Paula Allen,, "Before she became a Tejano queen, Lydia Mendoza played humble venues," 15 June 2019 Or cursive can just become some strange and secret writing for grandparents. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Your Say: How can we improve public education?," 14 June 2019

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First Known Use of grandparent

1574, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of grandparent was in 1574

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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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