Simple Definition of parent
: a person who is a father or mother : a person who has a child
: an animal or plant that produces a young animal or plant
: something out of which another thing has developed
Full Definition of parent
1 a : one that begets or brings forth offspring b : a person who brings up and cares for another
2 a : an animal or plant that is regarded in relation to its offspring b : the material or source from which something is derived c : a group from which another arises and to which it usually remains subsidiary <a parent company>
Examples of parent in a sentence
My parents live in New York.
The form must be signed by a parent or guardian of the child.
The parent brings food to the chicks.
The new plant will have characteristics of both parent plants.
Origin of parent
Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin parent-, parens; akin to Latin parere to give birth to
First Known Use: 15th century
Rhymes with parent
First Known Use of parent
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Definition of parent for Students
1 : a father or mother of a child
2 : an animal or plant that produces offspring
Legal Definition of parent
1a : a person who begets or brings forth offspring; especially : the natural parents of a child born of their marriage b : a person who legally adopts a child c : a person or entity that owes to a child a legally imposed duty of support d : a stepparent where designated by statute
2 : an entity or group that gives rise to or acquires another usually subsidiary entity or group <a parent company>; specifically : a corporation that owns a required minimum percentage of the stock of another corporation — compare affiliate
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