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[gran-pair-uh nt, -par-, grand-] /ˈgrænˌpɛər ənt, -ˌpær-, ˈgrænd-/
a parent of a parent.
Origin of grandparent
1820-30; grand- + parent
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[gran-puh-ren-tl, grand-] /ˌgræn pəˈrɛn tl, ˌgrænd-/ (Show IPA),
grandparenting, noun Unabridged
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  • A child was never absolutely like brother, sister, mother, father or grandparent.

    How to Live Irving Fisher and Eugene Fisk
  • Do you suppose that you are the only grandparent in the land?

    Ginger-Snaps Fanny Fern
  • But our grandparent was puzzled, for she knew with whom she had to deal, and of course saw that money would do nothing.

    The Chainbearer J. Fenimore Cooper
  • The child was not improbably an orphan, seeing that he was in the care of a grandparent.

    Five Minutes' Stories Mrs. (Mary Louisa) Molesworth
  • Perhaps you have a grandparent who can tell you something of those stirring days.

  • "I cannot think of anything terrible enough, Willie," replied the grandparent.

  • "But I should like to have Joy stay with us," said Helen, the youngest, to her grandparent.

    Allegories of Life Mrs. J. S. Adams
  • Then the grandparent used to tell the man's wife or child to say so and so to the man.

British Dictionary definitions for grandparent


/ˈɡrænˌpɛərənt; ˈɡrænd-/
the father or mother of either of one's parents
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for grandparent

1802, from grand (adj.) + parent (n.). Related: Grandparents.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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