Crossword clues for grandparent
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
n. the parent of someone's parent
n. a parent of your father or mother
Grandparents are the parents of a person's father or mother – paternal or maternal. Every sexually-reproducing creature who is not a genetic chimera has a maximum of four genetic grandparents, eight genetic great-grandparents, sixteen genetic great-great-grandparents, 32 genetic great-great-great-grandparents, 64 genetic great-great-great-great-grandparents, etc., although the numbers will be lower in cases of pedigree collapse. In the history of modern humanity, around 30,000 years ago, the number of modern humans who lived to be grandparents increased exponentially. It is not known for certain what spurred this increase in longevity, but it is generally believed that a key consequence of three generations being alive together was the preservation of information which could otherwise have been lost; an example of this important information might have been where to find water in times of drought.
In cases where parents are unwilling or unable to provide adequate care for their children (e.g., death of the parents), grandparents often take on the role of primary caregivers. Even when this is not the case, and particularly in traditional cultures, grandparents often have a direct and clear role in relation to the raising, care and nurture of children. Grandparents are second-degree relatives and share 25% genetic overlap.
A step-grandparent can be the step-parent of the parent or the step-parent's parent or the step-parent's step-parent (though technically this might be called a step-step-grandparent). The various words for grandparents at times may also be used to refer to any elderly person, especially the terms gramps, granny, grandfather, grandmother and even more types that most families make up themselves, like "coolma" for younger step-grandparents.
The youngest grandmother in the world is Rifca Stănescu, a Romani girl from Romania, who at the age of 12 gave birth to her first child, a girl called Maria. Maria, in her turn, gave birth to a child at the age of 11, thus making her mother Rifca - the youngest grandmother in the world at the age of just 23 years.
Usage examples of "grandparent".
Besides father and mother, three sons, and a hired girl, there was nearly always an Adams or Boylston cousin, aunt, uncle, grandparent, or friend staying the night.
Back in the days when my people were Amish, there had been no light in the barn, but my grandparents had joined the Mennonite church and were allowed electricity.
During the war years, while my father, a Zionist and anti-Fascist volunteer, was in the army, I was brought up by my maternal grandparents in a middling suburb of north-west London, part of the classical migratory route for Ashkenazi Jews who had come over from Russia and Poland and settled in east London in the early part of the century.
They seemed to share my longing for my mother who already embodied for me the beauty of youth, who had the shiny-haired, smooth-cheeked vitality my grandparents did not have, who could do backbends and cartwheels and who owned high heeled shoes in fifteen colors who became ever more precious for her elusiveness.
About the time Matthew and Dora Bowditch became grandparents for the first time, Dora underwent a sort of personality change.
Dragon Run, he pointed out Sot as an example of the type of businessperson his parents and grandparents were hardworking, indefatigable, and possessing a kind of street sense that kept their business alive when others failed.
So I continued to dance in Human, and for the whole cycloramic world of sea and sunset-but began subtly aiming it at the sea lions, as though they were the two important critics in a packed theatre, or my actual grandparents come to see my solo debut.
But until I can be sure I have cleansed my mind of your feelings I may not go to the Harpies to seek my father or my grandparents.
His grandparents would want those for headcheese and pendants and ceremonial masks.
We talked to grandparents and aunts and uncles, all of whom were affected when a child was abducted by a noncustodial parent.
Uncles and aunts, nephews and nieces, grandparents and grandchildren, and half brothers and half sisters, are intermediate with a relatedness of 3.
As a birthday present, I am sending him for a visit to his grandparents in Roundtree, and to make the adventure complete, he will travel alone.
Her dad, Earl, was retiring and quiet like her grandparents, Yeh Yeh and Yun Yun, but her Auntie Geraldine and Uncle Elmore could always be counted on for entertainment.
Naturally, I do not mention my enthusiasm to present-day Athenians, who have been taught for half a century to hate the family that their grandparents loved.
By 1922, when my grandparents arrived, Detroit made other spinning things, too: marine engines, bicycles, handrolled cigars.