[gran-pair-uh nt, -par-, grand-]
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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. 2018

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Historical Examples of grandparents

  • The early part of his existence was spent with his grandparents in his native place.


    Scian Dubh

  • My grandparents died, you know, but it had to be done, or we'd have destroyed ourselves.

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    Sterling E. Lanier

  • Plainly, he decided, this was a strange place, this household of his grandparents.

    The Portygee

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

  • Were the grandparents whom he had never met this sort of people?

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    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

  • No power on earth—which included parents and grandparents—should or could separate them.

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    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

British Dictionary definitions for grandparents


  1. the father or mother of either of one's parents
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Word Origin and History for grandparents



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

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