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Definitions of Grandfather

  1. (noun) A male grandparent.
  2. (noun) A father of an individual’s parent.

Grandfather Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: grand·fa·ther

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /ˈɡræn(d)ˌfɑðər/
  • British English – /ˈɡran(d)ˌfɑːðə/

Usage Notes

  • Plural: grandfathers
  • A great grandfather (great-grandfather) is the grandfather of an individual’s parent.

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Cite the Definition of Grandfather

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “grandfather.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved December 7, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/grandfather/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

grandfather. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/grandfather/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “grandfather.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed December 7, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/grandfather/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“grandfather.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 7 Dec. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/grandfather/>.