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Definitions for Grandfather
ˈgrænˌfɑ ðər, ˈgrænd-grand·fa·ther

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Grandfather.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. grandfather, gramps, granddad, grandad, granddaddy, grandpanoun

    the father of your father or mother

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Grandfathernoun

    The father of my father or mother; the next above my father in the scale of ascent.

    Etymology: grand and father.

    One was saying that his great grandfather, and grandfather, and father died at sea: said another, that heard him, an’ I were as you, I would never come at sea. Why, saith he, where did your great grandfather, and grandfather, and father die? He answered, where but in their beds? He answered, an’ I were as you, I would never come in bed. Francis Bacon, Apophth.

    Our grandchildren will see a few rags hung up in Westminsterhall, which cost an hundred millions, whereof they are paying the arrears, and boast that their grandfathers were rich and great. Jonathan Swift.


  1. grandfather

    A grandfather is a male parent of one's mother or father. He is typically an older man who may play a significant role in the upbringing of his grandchildren, offering guidance, love, and care. A biological grandfather shares a blood relation; however, through adoption, marriage, or other familial circumstances, a person may have a non-biological grandfather as well.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Grandfathernoun

    a father's or mother's father; an ancestor in the next degree above the father or mother in lineal ascent


  1. Grandfather

    Grandfather is a village in Avery County, North Carolina, United States; named after Grandfather Mountain. The village is a fully gated community within Grandfather Golf and Country Club, located along NC 105. The population was 73 at the 2000 census.

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British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Grandfather' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4826

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Grandfather' in Nouns Frequency: #2210

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Grandfather in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Grandfather in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of Grandfather in a Sentence

  1. Jeb Bush:

    You know, I'm not going to lie that, you know, it hurts. It stings, but, you know, my grandfather, my uncle and my dad, if they taught me anything on politics, you get back up and you fight again. And so, you know, I'm focused on my job in Texas.

  2. Whitney Kamann:

    He’s kind of like the grandfather that I never had, as with any family member or close friend that you watch go through something, it’s very, very difficult. Our hearts and our love is with him all the time. But Walt and I talk a lot and we are staying positive and optimistic. We are planning for the future every chance that we get.

  3. Phil Lempert:

    The bottom line is that the animatronics they created decades ago were really cool and fun for that time. But kids today are living on their mobile phones, so this is probably pretty boring to them, it’s something their grandfather would like.

  4. Vladimir Putin:

    If a grandmother had certain sexual indicators, she would be a grandfather.

  5. Aisha Al-Tilawi:

    Entire families were killed. we started choking, felt dizzy, then fainted. Mazin was trying to wake up his grandfather.

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