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
Four Kentucky players were chosen for the game, including DJ Wagner, who followed his grandfather Milt and father Dajuan as the third member of his family to be selected. Adam Zagoria, Forbes, 24 Jan. 2023 Louise has carried on her grandfather Prince Philip's legacy with her love of carriage driving, previously competing in the British Indoor Carriage Driving Championships. Kelsie Gibson, Peoplemag, 24 Jan. 2023 Cathy Sloss Jones is the president and CEO of Sloss Family Real Estate, which was started by her grandfather A. Page Sloss and has focused on urban development and revitalization under her leadership. Shauna Stuart | Sstuart@al.com, al, 23 Jan. 2023 The pizza shop is named after Bebenroth’s grandfather. Paris Wolfe, cleveland, 19 Jan. 2023 It was started by Cohen’s grandfather Irwin and great-uncle Steve. Steve Millar, Chicago Tribune, 16 Jan. 2023 My grandfather Sidney Irving Lipsyte was a New York City public-school teacher and administrator. New York Times, 9 Dec. 2022 After Elvis's death in 1977, Lisa Marie became the joint heir to his estate alongside her grandfather Vernon Presley and great-grandmother Minnie Mae Hood Presley. Emily Burack, Town & Country, 13 Jan. 2023 Blake's grandfather said the shooter should be put in jail for the death of his grandson and that the incident should have never happened. Rachel Schilke, Washington Examiner, 11 Jan. 2023
Verb
The album lives up to its title, featuring not just the twin rockers – Gunnar and Matthew Nelson – but also holiday tunes recorded by father Ricky Nelson and grandfather Ozzie Nelson. cleveland, 29 Nov. 2022 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 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 8 Feb. 2023.

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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