[gran-pair-uh nt, -par-, grand-]


a parent of a parent.

Origin of grandparent

First recorded in 1820–30; grand- + parent
Related formsgrand·pa·ren·tal [gran-puh-ren-tl, grand-] /ˌgræn pəˈrɛn tl, ˌgrænd-/, adjectivegrand·par·ent·ing, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of grandparent

  • Do you suppose that you are the only grandparent in the land?


    Fanny Fern

  • Some will be blue like the parents, some black like one grandparent, some white like the other grandparent.

  • The child was not improbably an orphan, seeing that he was in the care of a grandparent.

    Five Minutes' Stories

    Mrs. (Mary Louisa) Molesworth

  • "But I should like to have Joy stay with us," said Helen, the youngest, to her grandparent.

    Allegories of Life

    Mrs. J. S. Adams

  • It even happens that a child resembles an uncle or a grandparent more nearly than either parent.

British Dictionary definitions for grandparent



the father or mother of either of one's parents
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Word Origin and History for grandparent

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper