[ gran-pair-uhnt, -par-, grand- ]
/ ˈgrænˌpɛər ənt, -ˌpær-, ˈgrænd- /
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Definition of grandparent

a parent of a parent.
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Origin of grandparent

First recorded in 1820–30; grand- + parent

OTHER WORDS FROM grandparent

grand·pa·ren·tal [gran-puh-ren-tl, grand-], /ˌgræn pəˈrɛn tl, ˌgrænd-/, adjectivegrand·par·ent·ing, noun
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What does grandparent mean?

A grandparent is the parent of a person’s parent.

When a parent’s child has children, that parent becomes a grandparent. Grandmothers and grandfathers are grandparents.

A parent of a grandparent is called a great-grandparent. In your family tree, you have four grandparents and eight great-grandparents.

Most people refer to their grandparents with titles like grandma and grandpa.

Example: It doesn’t matter what you call your grandparents, as long as you call them.

Where does grandparent come from?

The first records of the word grandparent come from the 1800. The prefix grand- is used in family terms to indicate a person who is one generation removed, as in grandparent and grandchild. The prefix great- indicates yet another generation, as in great-grandparent.

Grandparents often have special bonds with their grandchildren, who they’re known to brag about and to spoil with love, affection, and candy. It’s common for grandchildren to refer to their grandparents with informal names. Terms like grandma and grandpa are popular, but many families have their own unique names. In the U.S., National Grandparents Day is celebrated on the first Sunday after Labor Day.

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  • grandparental (adjective)

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How is grandparent used in real life?

Grandparent is used as a way to refer to the parents of one’s parents, but it’s not used as a title like other words, such as grandma and grandpa.



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Is grandparent used correctly in the following sentence?

I’m a grandparent of two and a parent of five, so I know a thing or two about temper tantrums.

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British Dictionary definitions for grandparent

/ (ˈɡrænˌpɛərənt, ˈɡrænd-) /

the father or mother of either of one's parents
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