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grandfather

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈɡɹændˌfɑːðə(ɹ)/
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Etymology 1Edit

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.

NounEdit

grandfather (plural grandfathers)

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

From grandfather clause. See etymology 1 and clause.

VerbEdit

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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