noun Etymology: Middle English Date: 14th century 1. (or grandsir) dialect grandfather 1a 2. archaic forefather 3. archaic an aged man 4. a dam's or sire's sire — used of an animal

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  • Grandsire — is one of the standard change ringing methods, usually rung on an odd numbers of church bells. Grandsire Doubles is rung on five working bells, Grandsire Triples on seven, Grandsire Caters on nine and Grandsire Cinques on eleven. History The… …   Wikipedia

  • Grandsire — Grand sire , n. [OF. grantsire. See {Grand}, and {Sire}.] Specifically, a grandfather; more generally, any ancestor. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • grandsire — index ancestor, primogenitor Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • Grandsire — Nom porté en Normandie et en Picardie (variantes : Grandsir, Gransir, Gransire). Mot à mot, signifie grand seigneur, sans doute un sobriquet ironique donné à celui qui a des allures hautaines …   Noms de famille

  • grandsire — late 13c., from Anglo Fr. graunt sire; see GRAND (Cf. grand) (adj.) + SIRE (Cf. sire) (n.) …   Etymology dictionary

  • grandsire — [grand′sīr΄] n. Archaic 1. a grandfather 2. a male ancestor 3. an old man …   English World dictionary

  • grandsire — /grand suyeur /, n. 1. a grandfather. 2. Archaic. a. a forefather. b. an aged man. [1250 1300; ME graunt sire < AF. See GRAND , SIRE] * * * …   Universalium

  • grandsire — noun grandfather …   Wiktionary

  • grandsire — sb. RG. 311 …   Oldest English Words

  • grandsire — græn saɪə(r) n. grandfather (Archaic); man who is a person s ancestor (Archaic); forefather; middle aged man …   English contemporary dictionary

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