grandfather

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

grand +‎ father. This definition is lacking an etymology or has an incomplete etymology. You can help Wiktionary by giving it a proper etymology.

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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. See etymology 1 and 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 organizations.
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