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The father of one's father or mother
“I owe everything to my dear grandfather who took me in when I had nothing and no one to turn to.”
A person from whom one is descended, typically from several generations past
“Your grandfathers of the Ojibwa did not see the Megis again until it once more rose.”
The person who founded or originated something
“Even more explicit was the positivist interpretation of Galileo given towards the end of the century by the great Viennese historian and critic of mechanics, Ernst Mach, the grandfather of the modern school of logical empiricism.”
Often used as a term of endearment for a respected or wise grandfatherly figure
Someone who is old
An adult male person
A once-popular or influential person who is now in decline from their peak
To exempt (someone or something) from a new law or regulation
“Sailors with 10 or more years of service as of July 1 will be grandfathered, allowing them to remain on active duty to reach retirement eligibility.”
To waive a rule, law or regulation, typically under certain conditions
“When a proposed new rule is controversial, the states may grandfather the rule, which is to permit existing programs to waive it.”
Out of date, old-fashioned, antiquated
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