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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The investigation quickly led to Arias, his on-again, off-again lover, who was arrested at her grandparents' house in northern California. Michael Kiefer, azcentral, "First look: Jodi Arias' defense attorneys file 342-page brief in conviction appeal," 6 July 2018 The night before Jamer was supposed to head home, Claire convinced her to sneak out of her grandparents' house and go to the beach after dark. CBS News, "Were the murders of California teens the work of a serial killer?," 9 June 2018 The house is in his grandparents' hometown of Tifton, Ga. Mará Rose Williams, kansascity, "NFL star and Mizzou grad Charles Harris gives back big to his KC alma mater," 1 June 2018 Most of my research for my road trip this month was for a northbound trip from Spokane to Anchorage, retracing part of my grandparents' journey 70 years ago. Scott Mcmurren, Anchorage Daily News, "Think you’ve driven crazy roads? Just wait till you try driving the Fraser River Valley," 26 May 2018 Start with either 'Lord' or 'Lady' – your first name is one of your grandparents' names. Michelle Ewing, ajc, "'Royal wedding guest name' quiz could help scammers get your personal data," 20 May 2018 The man made sure to leave her near her grandparents' house. Catalina Ruiz Parra, miamiherald, "He met her on Skype and drove a thousand miles to run away together. She was only 12. | Miami Herald," 17 May 2018 Officially, the police are searching the woods for the body of 12-year-old Kimberly King, who was reported missing in September 1979 while staying at her grandparents' home. The Washington Post,, "Investigators unearthing potential mass grave of girls in Michigan," 10 May 2018 Earlier released video showed Clark jumping over a fence into his grandparents' side yard and then being chased by police into the backyard, where he was shot. NBC News, "Sacramento police release hours of video in Stephon Clark shooting," 17 Apr. 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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