[ gran-pair-uhnt, -par-, grand- ]
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  1. a parent of a parent.

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-/, adjective
  • grand·par·ent·ing, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use grandparent in a sentence

  • Her grandparents were Italian emigrants, and she had fine black eyes and a beautiful mouth.

    Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
  • These carts were crowded with German families of the usual size, children, parents and grandparents.

    Ways of War and Peace | Delia Austrian
  • In the five months since Ikey had come to stay with his grandparents the boys had become almost inseparable.

    The Story of the Big Front Door | Mary Finley Leonard
  • I cannot say; but this I know, that the grandparents of most of these boys and girls were once young with me.

    A Window in Thrums | J. M. Barrie
  • Antique pieces of furniture had been brought over from the great house, as had the portraits of Raisky's parents and grandparents.

    The Precipice | Ivan Goncharov

British Dictionary definitions for grandparent


/ (ˈɡrænˌpɛərənt, ˈɡrænd-) /

  1. the father or mother of either of one's parents

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