Grandfather meaning

grăndfäthər, grăn-
(father of someone’s father) Paternal grandfather.
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To exempt (an activity, practice, person, etc.) from a new law or regulation by or as by a grandfather clause.
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(by extension) A male forefather.
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To include a person or entity in the benefits conferred by a grandfather clause.
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A father of someone’s parent.
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(father of someone’s mother) Maternal grandfather.
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The definition of a grandfather is the parent of either your mother or your father.

An example of a grandfather is your mom's dad.

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The father of one's mother or father.
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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 organisations.
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A forefather; an ancestor.
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To exempt (someone or something) from a new regulation that prohibits or restricts something.

The new ordinance restricts the size of billboards, but it grandfathers those erected before 1997.

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The father of one's father or mother.
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A male ancestor; forefather.
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To grandfather is defined as allow someone to continue to abide by old rules, even when new ones are passed.

An example of grandfather is when a town changes its zoning rules but allows a home to remain residential even though the area has been changed to commercial.

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Origin of grandfather

  • V., from grandfather clause

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Wiktionary

  • From grandfather clause

    From Wiktionary