eldfather

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English eldfader, eldefader, from Old English ealdfæder, ealdefæder (father, grandfather, forefather, ancestor), equivalent to eld (old) +‎ father. Cognate with Scots eldfader, eldfadir (grandfather, father-in-law), Old Frisian aldfader, aldafeder (grandfather).

Noun[edit]

eldfather (plural eldfathers)

  1. (dialectal or obsolete) A grandfather.
    • 2011, Octavia E. Butler, Fledgling:
      "[...] He was Daniel's elderfather. And he favored a mating between his sons and me."
  2. (dialectal or obsolete) A father-in-law.
  3. (obsolete) A forefather; ancestor.

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