non·​par·​ent | \ ˌnän-ˈper-ənt How to pronounce nonparent (audio) \
plural nonparents

Definition of nonparent

: someone who is not another's parent … should the trial court again consider granting custody or guardianship to a nonparent.— Teresa Bruno

Examples of nonparent in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When controlling factors such as education, experience, occupation and hours worked, there was a 12% gap in wages between men and women, including parents and nonparents. Eric Morath, WSJ, "Mothers in Denmark Are Less Productive at Work, Study Finds, Partially Explaining Gender-Wage Gap," 10 July 2018 Student parents are twice as likely as nonparents to default on their federal student loans within 12 years of starting school, according to an analysis by the Center for American Progress. Cliff Pinckard,, "Man found dead on East Side; plane slides off runway at Burke Lakefront: Overnight News Links," 4 Feb. 2018 The study looked at 22 countries and found that US has the largest happiness gap between parents and nonparents. Jessica Migala /, NBC News, "How Your Brain Changes After Baby," 5 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of nonparent

1860, in the meaning defined above

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“Nonparent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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