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

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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.

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. Wynonna Judd:

    Finally, with months-long therapy sessions, I figured out all the stuff I’d stuff down my whole life, the first memory I had was being molested by my uncle. I was beaten and rap by an ex-con on heroin when I was 22. My great-grandfather was a mass murderer, and after his son became my grandfather, my grandmother murdered him.

  2. Harley Earl:

    I think he really was trying to be a good grandfather, maybe that wasn't the easiest thing for him most of his life, because he had worked so hard. But we had a moment — it was one of those moments you treasure.

  3. Peter Jackson:

    My grandfather was wounded on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.

  4. Sam Galsworthy:

    I've always felt an emotional connection with Stamford Raffles because Stamford Raffles was my great, great, great, great, great grandfather, when I mentioned this to Nigel Moore [ Raffles' FB director ], I saw his face light up as I hoped it would. But I was blissfully unaware that 2015 would be the centenary of the Raffles Singapore Sling.

  5. Prince Andrew:

    We’ve lost, almost, the grandfather of the nation, and I feel very sorry and supportive of my mother, who’s feeling it probably more than everybody else.

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