[ greyt-gran-pair-uhnt, -par-, -grand- ]
/ ˌgreɪtˈgrænˌpɛər ənt, -ˌpær-, -ˈgrænd- /
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a grandfather or grandmother of one's father or mother.
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Origin of great-grandparent

First recorded in 1880–85
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What does great-grandparent mean?

A great-grandparent is the parent of a person’s grandparent (the grandparent of a person’s parent).

When a parent’s child has children, that parent becomes a grandparent. When those children have children, the grandparent becomes a great-grandparent. Great-grandmothers and great-grandfathers are great-grandparents.

In your family tree, you have four grandparents and eight great-grandparents.

Example: My kids were lucky enough to get to know three of their great-grandparents.

Where does great-grandparent come from?

The first records of the word great-grandparent come from the 1700s. 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.

Another great- can be added for each generation. For example, your great-great-grandparents are the parents of your great-grandparents. Most people refer to their great-grandparents with titles like great-grandma and great-grandpa, sometimes in combination with a name, as in Great-Grandpa Frank.

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How is great-grandparent used in real life?

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



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I’m a great-grandparent of 18, a grandparent of 12, and a parent of four, so I know a thing or two about temper tantrums.

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