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[grand-sahyuh r] /ˈgrændˌsaɪər/
a grandfather.
  1. a forefather.
  2. an aged man.
Origin of grandsire
1250-1300; Middle English graunt-sire < Anglo-French. See grand-, sire Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • They have ever held an honorable place and untarnished name among men; our grandsire was enlisted under Washington.

  • It was Joseph, the grandsire of Napoleon, who received them.

    The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte William Milligan Sloane
  • The Persians, subdued by the grandsire of Astyages, seized the occasion to revolt.

  • And striding past his grandsire he traversed the aisles with hasty steps.

    Rookwood William Harrison Ainsworth
  • To both Miriam answered that what her grandsire did, that she must do.

    Pearl-Maiden H. Rider Haggard
  • "Nothing, I trust," said Luke, stooping to raise up his grandsire.

    Rookwood William Harrison Ainsworth
  • We decided to take the grandsire, if he consented to come, and to leave the grandson behind, after finding him a home.

    The Mason-bees J. Henri Fabre
  • Your grandsire was a chauffeur, a servant, and without education.

    The Scarlet Plague Jack London
  • The fame of his grandsire, the Tickell of Addison, was not hurt by the descent to him.

    The English Spy Bernard Blackmantle
  • His grandsire would not tell him of these things; perhaps his grandsire did not know.

British Dictionary definitions for grandsire


/ˈɡrænˌsaɪə; ˈɡrænd-/
an archaic word for grandfather


/ˈɡrændsə; -ˌsaɪə/
(bell-ringing) a well-established method used in change-ringing See method (sense 4)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for grandsire

late 13c., from Anglo-French graunt sire; see grand (adj.) + sire (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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