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[gran-chahyld] /ˈgrænˌtʃaɪld/
noun, plural grandchildren.
a child of one's son or daughter.
Origin of grandchild
1580-90; grand- + child Unabridged
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  • The only sounds were the bird-calls, and the voices of the cook's grandchildren, who were playing on the other side of the house.

    The Little Colonel's Holidays Annie Fellows Johnston
  • He has had nine grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

  • The mother who lives in her children and her grandchildren has the peculiar privilege of not knowing the grief of becoming old.

    The Physical Life of Woman: Dr. George H Napheys
  • You can't hold him responsible for everything his grandchildren do, I guess!

    Alice Adams Booth Tarkington
  • The children of most of them are now gray with years, and have seen their grandchildren.

    The Memories of Fifty Years William H. Sparks
British Dictionary definitions for grandchildren


noun (pl) -children (-ˌtʃɪldrən)
the son or daughter of one's child
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for grandchildren



1580s, graundchilde, from grand (adj.) + child. Related: Grandchildren.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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