[gran-suhn, grand-]


a son of one's son or daughter.

Origin of grandson

First recorded in 1580–90; grand- + son Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for grandson

Contemporary Examples of grandson

Historical Examples of grandson

  • "They're the only sane folks I've met among your friends," he had told his grandson.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • Her husband and grandson were the man and boy at work in the grounds.

    The Yates Pride

    Mary E. Wilkins Freeman

  • He was a M. Gerson, and was going to Belgium to take his grandson to his godmother's.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • At every repetition of the word he pressed his grandson closer to his breast.

  • In spite of her fear, however, she was able to hold a grandson in her arms in course of time.

British Dictionary definitions for grandson



a son of one's son or daughter
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Word Origin and History for grandson

1580s, from grand + son.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper