[gran-fah-ther, grand-]
the father of one's father or mother.
a forefather.
the founder or originator of a family, species, type, etc.; the first of one's or its kind, or the one being longest in existence: the grandfather of all steam locomotives.
verb (used with object)
to exempt (something or someone) from new legislation, restrictions, or requirements: The law grandfathered all banks already operating at the time of passage. He was grandfathered into the pension plan.

1375–1425; late Middle English; see grand-, father Unabridged
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grandfather (ˈɡrænˌfɑːðə, ˈɡrænd-)
1.  the father of one's father or mother
2.  (often plural) a male ancestor
3.  (often capital) a familiar term of address for an old man
4.  dialect a caterpillar or woodlouse

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Word Origin & History

early 15c., from grand + father. Replaced O.E. ealdefæder. The use of grand- in compounds, with the sense of "a generation older than, or younger than," is first attested early 13c., in Anglo-Fr. graund dame "grandmother." Latin and Greek
had similar usages. Grandmother also first attested early 15c., from M.Fr.; grandchild, grandson are later (16c.). The verb grandfather is from 1900. Grandfather clock is c.1880, from the popular song; they were previously known as tall case clocks or eight-day clocks.
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