- to exempt (something or someone) from new legislation, restrictions, or requirements: The law grandfathered all banks already operating at the time of passage. He was grandfathered into the pension plan.
Origin of grandfather
Related Wordsancestor, patriarch, grandpa, pap, forefather, elder, granddaddy, granddad, gramps, grandpappy
Examples from the Web for grandfather
His grandfather, a pastor, had visited the church decades before—in the 1980s—when the church was popular within the community.Beaten By His Church for Being Gay
December 16, 2014
Meanwhile, his grandfather was named Marion—also the birth name of John Wayne.‘Archer’ Season 6 Preview: Cast and Crew on Rebranding and Dropping ISIS
October 27, 2014
My grandfather lived fast and large—he liked his liquor and his tobacco, and he was also an ace gambler.
Her grandfather had been a physician and healer who—according to family lore—married a descendant of the Osage or Pawnee tribes.
Defying instructions would have been unthinkable during the tenure of his father or grandfather.Has North Korea’s Kim Jong Un Been Toppled?
Gordon G. Chang
October 6, 2014
You couldn't stay in these mountains and be such a man as your grandfather.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Then I again regretted my grandfather's too distinguishing goodness to me.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
Years seemed to have fallen from the shoulders of his grandfather.Way of the Lawless
Maria had warned her not to waken her grandfather, so she admired it in whispers.The Little Colonel
Annie Fellows Johnston
Where does your grandfather spend his day when he goes out with his dogs?Green Mansions
W. H. Hudson
- the father of one's father or mother
- (often plural) a male ancestor
- (often capital) a familiar term of address for an old man
- dialect a caterpillar or woodlouse
Word Origin and History for grandfather
early 15c., from grand (adj.) + father (n.), probably on analogy of French grand-père. Replaced grandsire and Old English ealdefæder. Grandfather clause originally (1900) referred to exemptions from post-Reconstruction voting restrictions in the U.S. South for men whose forebears had voted before the Civil War. Grandfather clock is c.1880, from the popular song; they were previously known as tall case clocks or eight-day clocks.