grandfather

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈɡɹændˌfɑː(ɹ)ðə(ɹ)/
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Etymology 1[edit]

grand + father

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a grandfather and his granddaughter.

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grandfather (plural grandfathers)

  1. A father of someone’s parent.
  2. (by extension) A male forefather.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From grandfather clause

Verb[edit]

grandfather (third-person singular simple present grandfathers, present participle grandfathering, simple past and past participle grandfathered)

  1. To retain existing laws or rules only for those people or organisations that were previously affected by them, and apply new laws or rules to the unaffected people or organisations.
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