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English citations of great-grandchild, great grandchild, great-grandchildren, and great grandchildren

One "great"[edit]

Singular, hyphenated[edit]

  • 1897, George Du Maurier, The Martian: A Novel, page 417:
    I have promised myself that I would take a great-grandchild of Barty's on a flying-machine from Marsfield to London and back in half an hour — and that great-grandchild can't well be born for several years — perhaps not for another twenty!
  • 1948, Carl Sandburg, Remembrance Rock, page 13:
    Raymond spoke prayers that your great-grandchild should come here.
  • 2012, Laryce Henderson Rybka, Legacy of the Lamp, page 333:
    Thus it was that the Padgetts got to see their first great-grandchild.

Singular, non-hyphenated[edit]

  • 1628, Richard Verstegan, A restitution of decayed intelligence: In antiquities: Concerning the most noble and renowned English Nation, page 9:
    But now whether Tuilco was the son of Noah; or the sonne of Affenez or Afeena, who was grandchild unto Iaphet; although some do moue question, yet surely with more likelyhood of truth we may follow the opinion of such as affirme him to haue beene the great grandchild of Iaphet, and the rather in regard of the mightie and populous offspring foretold in holy writ to proceed from Iaphet: which is very agreeable unto the most populous German nation, accounting all the members thereof; and considering how farre it hath extended and enlarged itself.
  • 1840, Thomas Fuller, The History of the Holy War, page 106:
    He was son to Reimund, grandchild to Pontius earl of Tripoli, by Cecilie, the daughter of Philip king of France, great grandchild to Bertram first earl of Tripoli, great great grandchild to Reimund earl of Toulouse, one of special note amongst the primitive adventurers in the holy war.
  • 2007, William Jackson, The Incredible Death and Revival of William Morgan, page i:
    Why my own mother, the great grandchild of William Morgan, failed to relate this story I cannot say, for she enjoyed telling stories

Plural, hyphenated[edit]

  • 1900, Richard Thomas Kelly, Clifton Melvin Nichols, History of James and Catherine Kelly and Their Descendants, page 96:
    Nine children, thirty-three grandchildren, sixty-five great-grandchildren; total, one hundred and seven.

Plural, non-hyphenated[edit]

  • 2008, Emanuel Polioudakis, First Book in Economics, page 89:
    We do not usually evaluate only by number of children but also by number of grandchildren or great grandchildren.

Multiple "greats"[edit]

Two "greats".
  • 2011, Meika Loe, Aging Our Way:Lessons for Living from 85 and Beyond, page 217:
    For Joseph, the simple sensory act of holding a great-great-grandchild in his arms, or being surrounded by the sounds of family, is crucial to knowing and experiencing his world as fully as possible.

Three "greats".
  • 1997, E. Wayne Nafziger, The Economics of Developing Countries, page 23:
    Today their great-great-great-grandchild purchases milk, fruits, and vegetables at the supermarket, buys meals at restaurants, and pays heating bills — all items that contribute to national product.

Four "greats".
  • 2009, J.B. Cheaney, My Friend the Enemy, page 134:
    She is a great great-great-great-grandchild of the sun, just like the emperor, so her best medicine comes from the sky.

Five "greats".
  • 2005, James Andrews, The Stories Mother Nature Told Her Children, page 48:
    Do you remember our old friend the star-fish? Well, this is his great-great-great-great-great-grandchild.

Six "greats".
  • 2001, Michael Yahn, What I Did on My Rock N' Roll Vacation: 2nd Ed, page 95:
    The odds of me saving my great, great, great, great, great, great grandchild from a treeless society doesn't seem a priority right now.

Seven "greats".
  • 1984, Michael McClintock, Alternative Housebuilding, page 86:
    Well, there may be one question worth asking, particularly when you discover just how much time and skill are needed to build a frame that may well last for 10 generations — a house for your great, great, great, great, great, great, great grandchildren.

Eight "greats".
  • 1942, Walter De la Mare, Broomsticks, and other tales, page Z-87:
    You yourself, however, are my chosen female great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandchild, to be precise.

Ten "greats".
  • 1994, Kathleen Stocking, Lake Country, page 84:
    Our great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great grandchildren will tell stories about the people with white skin and red hair who lived once upon a time in a mythic former world, as unimaginable to our future progeny as the worlds of five thousand years ago, or even fifty, are to us.