grandfather

grandfather
to exempt from new rules, to keep it the same, grandfather clause
  

This new law prohibits restaurants from serving french fries, but restaurants that now serve fries have been grandfathered.


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  • grandfather — grand·fa·ther vt: to permit to continue under a grandfather clause current residents will be grandfather ed under the regulation often used with in Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • Grandfather — Grandfather, NC U.S. village in North Carolina Population (2000): 73 Housing Units (2000): 377 Land area (2000): 1.500982 sq. miles (3.887526 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.043443 sq. miles (0.112517 sq. km) Total area (2000): 1.544425 sq. miles (4 …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Grandfather, NC — U.S. village in North Carolina Population (2000): 73 Housing Units (2000): 377 Land area (2000): 1.500982 sq. miles (3.887526 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.043443 sq. miles (0.112517 sq. km) Total area (2000): 1.544425 sq. miles (4.000043 sq. km)… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • grandfather — early 15c., from GRAND (Cf. grand) (adj.) + FATHER (Cf. father), probably on analogy of Fr. grand père. Replaced GRANDSIRE (Cf. grandsire) and O.E. ealdefæder. Grandfather clause originally (1900) referred to exemptions from post Reconstruction… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Grandfather — Grand fa ther, n. A father s or mother s father; an ancestor immediately after the father or mother in lineal ascent. [1913 Webster] {Grandfather longlegs}. (Zo[ o]l.) See {Daddy longlegs}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • grandfather — [grand′fä΄thər, gran′fä΄thər] n. 1. the father of one s father or mother: also a term of respectful familiarity to any elderly man 2. a male ancestor; forefather vt. Informal to exempt (an activity, practice, person, etc.) from a new law or… …   English World dictionary

  • grandfather — ► NOUN 1) the father of one s father or mother. 2) a founder or originator …   English terms dictionary

  • grandfather */*/ — UK [ˈɡræn(d)ˌfɑːðə(r)] / US [ˈɡræn(d)ˌfɑðər] noun [countable] Word forms grandfather : singular grandfather plural grandfathers the father of one of your parents. You are his granddaughter or grandson. You usually call your grandfather grandad or …   English dictionary

  • grandfather — [[t]græ̱ndfɑːðə(r)[/t]] grandfathers N FAMILY Your grandfather is the father of your father or mother. His grandfather was a professor …   English dictionary

  • grandfather — 1. noun 1) his grandfather lives here Syn: informal granddad, grandad, grandpa, gramps, grampy, granddaddy, grandaddy, poppa 2) the grandfather of modern liberalism Syn: founder, inventor, originator, c …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • grandfather — /ˈgrænfaðə / (say granfahdhuh), /ˈgrænd / (say grand ) noun 1. the father of one s father or mother. 2. Aboriginal English a man of one s parents parents generation, especially a biological grandfather or one of his brothers. –verb (t) 3. Law to… …   Australian-English dictionary

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