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

Examples of grandparent in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Tasks that had been outsourced to schools, grandparents, nannies and sitters are now falling squarely on parents and disproportionately on mothers. Ellen Mccarthy, Washington Post, "I gave up on being Superwoman a long time ago. I don’t do everything.," 6 May 2020 Aging grandparents are being robbed of spending precious time with their families while millions of people are forced to adjust to life without a stable income for the foreseeable future. NBC News, "Cambridge police apologize for 'liberal jerk' comment," 5 May 2020 My great-grandparents Albert and Linda Sherer moved to town from Chicago in 1937. Evan Osnos, The New Yorker, "How Greenwich Republicans Learned to Love Trump," 3 May 2020 My novel, which is about two childhood sweethearts who are separated from each other and their families as a result of the Chinese Civil War, is inspired by the lives of my grandparents, in particular my maternal grandfather. Karissa Chen, The Atlantic, "The Pandemic and My Inherited Fear of Being Cut Off From My Family," 30 Apr. 2020 In an with the BBC, Prince William and Kate Middleton described the recent video calls between the children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis, and their grandparents, Prince Charles and Camilla and Carole and Michael Middleton. Annie Goldsmith, Town & Country, "Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis Love Video-Chatting Their Grandparents," 18 Apr. 2020 Working-class, Spanish-speaking immigrants pour into his small office beneath New York City’s No. 7 subway line—parents, grandparents, young brothers and sisters. WSJ, "Coronavirus Takes Severe Toll on Community Doctors in Queens," 17 Apr. 2020 These words refer to the two most important people in most babies’ lives, followed closely by similar words for grandparents – nana, tata, bobcia, nonno, opa, omo – who often play important roles, as well. Denise Bodman, The Conversation, "Why do kids call their parents ‘Mom’ and ‘Dad’?," 6 May 2020 The acts of kindness include running errands for grandparents, making and mailing cards to others designing chalk murals and sewing face masks. Arika Herron, Indianapolis Star, "Rap videos, virtual running club, bookmobile: Teachers go above and beyond amid pandemic," 4 May 2020

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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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29 May 2020

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“Grandparent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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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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