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 grandparent (audio) \ adjective
grandparenthood \ ˈgran(d)-​ˈper-​ent-​ˌhu̇d How to pronounce grandparent (audio) \ noun

Examples of grandparent in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Last summer, a University of Southern California analysis found that on average each Covid-19 death corresponded with roughly nine individuals who lost a grandparent, parent, sibling, spouse or child. Francesca Fontana, WSJ, "Covid-19 Forced Many Unprepared Young Adults to Deal With Their Parents’ Estates," 1 May 2021 One of the sweetest parts of being a grandparent is being invited by your own adult children to spend time with your grandkids. Robin Marantz Henig, The Atlantic, "Parents Set Rules for Their Kids. Grandparents Break Them.," 30 Apr. 2021 Consider, for instance, my new role as a great-grandparent. Scott Burns, Dallas News, "Beyond whirled peas: Let’s save our kids’ futures by helping their teachers," 11 Apr. 2021 The latest version of HB 7041 would prohibit anyone other than an immediate family member – a parent, child, grandchild, grandparent, sibling or spouse – of a voter from handling that person’s mail ballot. Gray Rohrer,, "Florida lawmaker warns businesses ‘to stay in their lane,’ citing ‘much more’ voter access than Georgia," 9 Apr. 2021 Child life insurance covers the life of a minor and is typically purchased by a parent or grandparent. cleveland, "Should you buy life insurance for your children?," 4 Apr. 2021 The average age for becoming a grandparent in the United States is 50, but many grandparents are older, or face health problems. New York Times, "The Year Grandparents Lost," 11 Mar. 2021 Citizenship through Foreign Births Registration is open to those with at least one grandparent born in Ireland. Patricia Harris,, "Irish, officially," 11 Mar. 2021 Instead, an applicant might express passion for this growing industry or reflect on, say, a grandparent with glaucoma or some other painful illness who benefited from the plant. Joan Oleck, Forbes, "Want To Work In Cannabis? Six Tips On How To Do That," 10 Mar. 2021

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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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4 May 2021

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“Grandparent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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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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