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[greyt-gran-fah-th er, -grand-] /ˌgreɪtˈgrænˌfɑ ðər, -ˈgrænd-/
a grandfather of one's father or mother.
Origin of great-grandfather
1505-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He was on the point of imparting to Agapit the story of his great-grandfather's letter.

    Rose Charlitte Marshall Saunders
  • So far went my great-grandfather, and no eagle again will fly so high.

  • great-grandfather Wolcott had carried it, and Grandfather Wolcott had hung it on a pole in front of his farm house.

    Tell Me Another Story Carolyn Sherwin Bailey
  • "That's your great-grandfather, dearie, that I've told you about," she said patronizingly.

    Jewel Clara Louise Burnham
  • And in their very midst rolled the great-grandfather of all the elk in the State of Colorado,—a perfect monster!

Word Origin and History for great-grandfather

1510s, from great + grandfather.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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