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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.


  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. Bob Monkhouse:

    I want to die peacefully in my sleep like my grandfather, not screaming in terror like his passengers.

  2. Michael Gilday:

    I’ll tell you why I’m particularly proud of this sailor, so, her grandfather served during World War II, and he was gay and he was ostracized in the very institution that she not only joined and is proud to be a part of, but she volunteered to deploy on Ford and she’ll likely deploy again next month when Ford goes back to sea.

  3. Rudy Giuliani:

    You deserve to know this about your next president. He’s been a great father, father-in-law, grandfather and friend to me, my wife Judith and my family for almost 30 years. I know him personally, and this is a very good and decent man, and he will be a great president.

  4. Michael Winkleman:

    The grandfather didnt drop the child, the child fell due to an open glass pane that should have been closed securely.

  5. Osamu Suzuki:

    They're created as requests for those who've lost their grandfather or grandmother, so it's indeed something to bring back memories.

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