grand·​par·​ent | \ˈgran(d)-ˌper-ənt \

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 \ adjective
grandparenthood \ ˈgran(d)-​ˈper-​ent-​ˌhu̇d \ noun

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Most parents, babysitters, even grandparents have wanted to escape the rigors of childcare at one point. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, "The Big Bang Theory Season 12, Episode 7 Recap: Bernadette Hides From Her Kids," 1 Nov. 2018 Richards had lived in small towns throughout western Iowa, residing with his mother, father and grandparents at various times. Fox News, "Slain golfer, suspect lived contrasting lives in Iowa city," 19 Sep. 2018 The pair left Honduras after the boy's grandparents were executed with a machete and left for dead in the family’s backyard, the lawsuit states. Kathleen Mcwilliams,, "Court To Hear Arguments In Case Of Two Children Held In Connecticut Separated From Their Parents At The Border," 11 July 2018 While the royal baby's great-grandparents won't be in attendance, he will still be surrounded by family and friends on this special day. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Why Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip Are Not Attending Prince Louis's Christening," 9 July 2018 But the fourth-generation (ND) MX-5 is almost identically sized to its great great grandparent—about an inch shorter and two inches wider, although with almost two inches more wheelbase. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "All highs, no lows: The 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata," 7 July 2018 So that next generation of kids is going to be exposed to a language that is not what their great-grandparents spoke, but is definitely fluent. Adam Cohen, Smithsonian, "This Musician’s Songs Give Powerful Voice to a Language in Crisis," 3 July 2018 To flesh out the search, Deal and the genealogists who assisted him had to go as far back as Maier’s great-grandparents and then work their way through myriad levels of first and second cousins. Jason Meisner,, "Genealogical investigation uncovers 10 heirs of famed Chicago street photographer Vivian Maier," 26 June 2018 Sports allegiances aren’t passed down from parents, like the wooden spoon from your great-great-grandparents. Dave Hyde,, "Hyde: 10 rules for fans to survive our dismal sports scene | Commentary," 23 June 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 \

Kids Definition of grandparent

: a parent of someone's father or mother

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