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grandparent

[gran-pair-uh nt, -par-, grand-] /ˈgrænˌpɛər ənt, -ˌpær-, ˈgrænd-/
noun
1.
a parent of a parent.
Origin of grandparent
1820-1830
First recorded in 1820-30; grand- + parent
Related forms
grandparental
[gran-puh-ren-tl, grand-] /ˌgræn pəˈrɛn tl, ˌgrænd-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
grandparenting, noun
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  • The early part of his existence was spent with his grandparents in his native place.

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  • My grandparents died, you know, but it had to be done, or we'd have destroyed ourselves.

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  • Were the grandparents whom he had never met this sort of people?

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  • Plainly, he decided, this was a strange place, this household of his grandparents.

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  • No power on earth—which included parents and grandparents—should or could separate them.

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British Dictionary definitions for grandparents

grandparent

/ˈɡrænˌpɛərənt; ˈɡrænd-/
noun
1.
the father or mother of either of one's parents
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Word Origin and History for grandparents

grandparent

n.

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

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