- 1The father of one’s father or mother.More example sentences
- His grandmother was a singer, both his grandfather and father were principal dancers and his mother danced in the corps.
- His father's father fought in the First World War, while his grandfather on his mother's side saw service in the Boer War.
- His family travelled up, his grandfathers, father, brothers and friends, and they all made Matt's day very special for him.
- 1.1The person who founded or originated something: Freud is often called the grandfather of psychoanalysisMore example sentences
- He still writes for newspapers and describes himself principally as a journalist, but to the rest of us he is the grandfather of chat.
- Indeed the grandfather of genetics is Mendel, a monk who lived in Brno, now in the Czech Republic.
- You'd call him the grandfather of stand-up comedy, if grandfather didn't seem altogether too cosy.
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- Exempt (someone or something) from a new law or regulation: smokers who worked here before the ban have been grandfatheredMore example sentences
- The Herbert Hoover library was grandfathered into the system by the Libraries Act.
- The commission also phased out line sharing for new customers over three years, although it temporarily grandfathered all existing line sharing arrangements.
- Major League Baseball required all teams to retire the number in 1997, but players who were already wearing 42 at the time were grandfathered.
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- And with his big glasses, it was a grandfatherly image that would beckon any young ‘un to come closer and enjoy.
- Despite the grandfatherly attire, there is no doubt that I am in the presence of a master.
- I like many things about this book, but not the picture of Mr Foot, looking very old, haggard and grandfatherly, on the dust jacket.