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grandsire

[grand-sahyuh r]
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noun
  1. a grandfather.
  2. Archaic.
    1. a forefather.
    2. an aged man.

Origin of grandsire

1250–1300; Middle English graunt-sire < Anglo-French. See grand-, sire
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Examples from the Web for grandsire

Historical Examples

  • His grandsire would not tell him of these things; perhaps his grandsire did not know.

    A Little Book of Profitable Tales

    Eugene Field

  • And presently, chagrined with failure, the culprit was before his grandsire.

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

    The English Spy

    Bernard Blackmantle

  • When I was a youth, his grandsire was my friend; I had some fancies then myself.

    Alroy

    Benjamin Disraeli

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

    The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte

    William Milligan Sloane


British Dictionary definitions for grandsire

grandsire1

noun
  1. an archaic word for grandfather

grandsire2

noun
  1. bell-ringing a well-established method used in change-ringingSee method (def. 4)
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Word Origin and History for grandsire

n.

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

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