grand·​par·​ent ˈgran(d)-ˌper-ənt How to pronounce grandparent (audio)
: a parent of one's father or mother
grandparental adjective
grandparenthood noun

Examples of grandparent in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web It’s punctuated by Paul’s lengthy voiceovers — about the town and region; the neighboring homes and their owners; the trees and gardens; the furniture, art and books in their house, so loaded with memories of their late parents and grandparents — which often have a pleasing beauty and lightness. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 Feb. 2024 Betterton says that not much has changed at the nursery over the generations, including some of its customers, whose parents and grandparents shopped at the store, too. Maura Fox, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Feb. 2024 One that particularly stung was a photo of Tomkins’s grandparents on their wedding day in 1942, which Tomkins had proudly displayed in her living room. Sydney Page, Washington Post, 13 Feb. 2024 Arranging a funeral is, of course, difficult for parents and grandparents, said Brandon Wylie, CEO of Wylie Funeral Homes. Darcy Costello, Baltimore Sun, 9 Feb. 2024 Spinoza’s parents and grandparents were among the many Portuguese Jews who moved to the Netherlands in the early seventeenth century, drawn by the promise of religious tolerance as well as commercial opportunities. Adam Kirsch, The New Yorker, 5 Feb. 2024 The little one also enjoys spending time with his grandparents, including rocker Ozzy Osbourne. Hannah Sacks, Peoplemag, 4 Feb. 2024 The five have feasted from their family’s garden, gotten to know one grandfather’s pet chicken and taken hay rides with their other set of grandparents. Rick Montgomery, Kansas City Star, 31 Jan. 2024 Many Ukrainians grew up speaking Russian because their parents or grandparents had been barred from speaking, or being educated in, Ukrainian. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 31 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1574, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of grandparent was in 1574

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“Grandparent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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grand·​par·​ent ˈgran(d)-ˌpar-ənt How to pronounce grandparent (audio)
: a parent of one's father or mother

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