Definition of Grandparent
International Phonetic Alphabet
- American English – /ˈɡræn(d)ˌpɛrənt/
- British English – /ˈɡran(d)ˌpɛːrənt/
- Plural: grandparents
- A great grandparent (great-grandparent) is the grandparent of an individual’s grandparent.
- A child of a grandparent’s child is a grandchild.
- “Families of orientation, procreation, and cohabitation provide us with some of the most important roles we will assume in life. The nuclear family roles (such as parent, child, husband, wife, and sibling) combine with extended family roles (such as grandparent, aunt, uncle, cousin, and in-law) to form the kinship system” (Strong, Devault, and Cohen 2011:19).
- Family and Kinship Resources – Books, Journals, and Helpful Links
- Word origin of “grandparent” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
Strong, Bryan, Christine DeVault, and Theodore F. Cohen. 2011. The Marriage and Family Experience: Intimate Relationships in a Changing Society. 11th ed. Boston: Cengage Learning.
ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “grandparent.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved October 4, 2022 (https://sociologydictionary.org/grandparent/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
grandparent. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/grandparent/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “grandparent.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed October 4, 2022. https://sociologydictionary.org/grandparent/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“grandparent.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 4 Oct. 2022. <https://sociologydictionary.org/grandparent/>.