Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A grandfather.
  • noun A father-in-law.

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  • noun A grandfather.
  • noun A father-in-law.
  • noun obsolete A forefather; ancestor.

Etymologies

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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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