grand·​sire | \ ˈgran(d)-ˌsī(-ə)r How to pronounce grandsire (audio) \

Definition of grandsire

1 or grandsir \ ˈgran(t)-​sər How to pronounce grandsir (audio) \, dialect : grandfather sense 1a
2 archaic : forefather
3 archaic : an aged man
4 : a dam's or sire's sire used of an animal

Examples of grandsire in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sir Winston joined his dam sire, Afleet Alex, and one of his great-grandsires Affirmed as winners of the Belmont Stakes. Mark Inabinett |,, "Belmont Stakes 2019: Results, payouts, order of finish," 8 June 2019 Sir Winston's maternal grandsire is 2005 Belmont winner Afleet Alex. John Cherwa,, "Racing! Jon White’s final Belmont Stakes rankings," 7 June 2019 His great grandsire is Seattle Slew, a Triple Crown winner in 1977. Neil Greenberg,, "2018 Kentucky Derby post draw, odds and picks: Everything you need to know," 1 May 2018

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First Known Use of grandsire

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for grandsire

Middle English

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“Grandsire.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 26 January 2020.

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