Eldfather meaning

(dialectal or obsolete) A grandfather.
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(dialectal or obsolete) A father-in-law.
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(obsolete) A forefather; ancestor.
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Origin of eldfather

  • 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”).

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