grandfather

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noun

grand·​fa·​ther ˈgran(d)-ˌfä-t͟hər How to pronounce grandfather (audio)
1
a
: the father of one's father or mother
2
grandfatherly adjective

grandfather

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verb

grandfathered; grandfathering; grandfathers

transitive verb

: to permit to continue under a grandfather clause

Example Sentences

Noun this tradition has been passed down from our pioneer grandfathers
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
But between all the swashbuckling, the story of The Princess Bride is told by a grandfather to his young grandson and that'll have everyone wanting to be a part of this unique fairytale. Larry Stansbury, Good Housekeeping, 22 Nov. 2022 Ream might feel like a grandfather compared to some of his teammates, especially starting midfielder Yunus Musah who is still 19—at least for another week. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, 21 Nov. 2022 The film treats each character with compassion, from the ageing grandfather imposing his will on his family to the young wife who wants more than the men around her are willing to give. Malala Yousafzai, Variety, 16 Nov. 2022 On her father’s side: a grandfather who was part of a Nazi-collaborating brigade. Judy Batalion, Washington Post, 8 Nov. 2022 Hopkins shines as a grandfather who always has a glint in his eye, a man capable of all-encompassing love despite a world intent on extinguishing that love. K. Austin Collins, Rolling Stone, 28 Oct. 2022 Daniel also provided the grandfather with directions to those locations. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, 28 Oct. 2022 At least three stories in this new book are about vanishing memory — an old man whose memory is erased, a grandfather recounting to a grandson how the country got worse, people forced to reenact memories as entertainment. Christopher Borrelli, Chicago Tribune, 24 Oct. 2022 Then to a grandfather and grandson who wedged two mattresses into one room. Los Angeles Times, 19 Oct. 2022
Verb
Fascinated by inventor Nikola Tesla and his innovation of alternating current electricity, Asher Suderow decided to build a Tesla coil himself, and persuaded his dad and grandfather to help. Janice Neumann, Chicago Tribune, 21 Sep. 2022 The program wasn’t renewed, but companies that applied for the incentive by Aug. 1, 2022, could grandfather in their investments for 10 years of tax benefits. Nathan Jensen, Chron, 8 Aug. 2022 But all of this can be avoided if Democrats instead simply grandfather in existing enrollees and leave it at that. Brian Blase, WSJ, 28 July 2022 There was perhaps little question that Mr. Abe would eventually follow his father and grandfather into politics. New York Times, 8 July 2022 The proposal would grandfather in current public school and state employees for health insurance coverage as retirees, according to Hickey. Rachel Herzog, Arkansas Online, 24 Feb. 2022 This rule appears to grandfather the Nike Next% shoe that Bridgid Kosgei wore to her world-record 2:14:04 in the Chicago Marathon last fall. Amby Burfoot, Outside Online, 31 Jan. 2020 The act would grandfather foreign investors from loss of their funds by virtue of retroactive effect of EB-5 developments and create a safety net to protect them. Andy J. Semotiuk, Forbes, 8 Nov. 2021 The former Ole Miss and NFL quarterback - father to Peyton and Eli Manning, and grandfather to highly recruited Arch - has been on a whirlwind tour of celebrating his sons’ contributions to the game. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 19 Oct. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1953, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of grandfather was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Grandfather.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/grandfather. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

grandfather

noun

grand·​fa·​ther
ˈgran(d)-ˌfät͟h-ər
1
: the father of one's father or mother
2

Legal Definition

grandfather

transitive verb

grand·​fa·​ther
: to permit to continue under a grandfather clause
current residents will be grandfathered under the regulation
often used with in

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