fosterage

noun

fos·​ter·​age ˈfȯ-stə-rij How to pronounce fosterage (audio)
ˈfä-
1
: the act of fostering
2
: a custom once prevalent in Ireland, Wales, and Scotland of entrusting one's child to foster parents to be brought up

Examples of fosterage in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Parental leave should be inclusive of surrogacy, fosterage, and adoption and apply to each child added to an employee’s family. Jeni Mayorskaya, Quartz, 7 Oct. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1614, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of fosterage was in 1614

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“Fosterage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fosterage. Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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