grand·​par·​ent ˈgran(d)-ˌper-ənt How to pronounce grandparent (audio)
: a parent of one's father or mother
grandparental adjective
grandparenthood noun

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The younger guys have mentors who can give advice on everything from workplace issues to how to be a good grandparent. Courtland Milloy, Washington Post, 3 Jan. 2023 The Die Hard actor will soon become a grandparent for the first time as his oldest daughter with Moore, Rumer Willis, is expecting her first baby with boyfriend Derek Richard Thomas. Jen Juneau, Peoplemag, 28 Dec. 2022 The grandchild’s biological parents are deceased or disabled, or the grandparent has legally adopted the grandchild. Cincinnati Enquirer, The Enquirer, 15 Dec. 2022 Any grandparent on your list will love this massive box of treats. Ysolt Usigan, Woman's Day, 15 Nov. 2022 Instead, find a parent, teacher or grandparent who can offer guidance. Nicole Winfield,, 5 Nov. 2022 Brown has spent more than 30 years as a university research scientist and tenured full professor, and is also the father of eight children and grandparent of two. Michael Schneider, Variety, 25 Oct. 2022 Each of these videos put the ‘grand’ in grandparent. Matt Preis, USA TODAY, 9 Sep. 2022 Many cannot serve on HOA boards, volunteer or attend field trips at their children's schools, coach sports teams, adopt a child or care for an elderly grandparent. Dustin Gardiner, San Francisco Chronicle, 10 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1574, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of grandparent was in 1574

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Cite this Entry

“Grandparent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

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grand·​par·​ent ˈgran(d)-ˌpar-ənt How to pronounce grandparent (audio)
: a parent of one's father or mother

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