par·​ent·​age | \ ˈper-ən-tij \

Definition of parentage

1a : descent from parents or ancestors : lineage a person of noble parentage
b : derivation, origin a tradition of uncertain parentage

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Examples of parentage in a Sentence

they were pleased that their son's girlfriend was of good parentage

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But there is arguably no inequality more unjust or difficult to overcome than that of parentage. Abigail Shrier, WSJ, "Masculine Dads Raise Confident Daughters," 20 July 2018 Its Saudi parentage gives the company an advantage over the likes of Exxon and Royal Dutch Shell. Stanley Reed, New York Times, "An Oil Giant Is Taking Big Steps. Saudi Arabia Can’t Afford for It to Slip.," 16 June 2018 Parents and children should be reunited.’’ The judge directed the U.S. to cover the cost of all reunifications after the ACLU asserted that families were being forced to pay for travel expenses and DNA tests to prove parentage. Kartikay Mehrotra,, "Reunited immigrant families face difficult choice: try to stay legally or leave children in the US," 14 July 2018 Health and Human Services will use the results only for verifying parentage, Jonathan White of Health and Human Services said in the court filing. Alan Gomez, USA TODAY, "DNA tests on children separated at border from family: few answers, lots of questions," 9 July 2018 Many adults bring records with them to prove parentage to government agencies. Washington Post, "Reuniting separated families: Why is it taking so long?," 10 July 2018 Azar said the agency has deployed additional resources to read through the case files of all the children and attempt to verify parentage, including using DNA tests. Colby Itkowitz, Washington Post, "Lawmakers demand details about every migrant child separated from parents," 5 July 2018 For now, Azar said, the department has had to narrow its review process, which includes using DNA testing to confirm parentage. Jazmine Ulloa,, "Trump administration ups its estimate of children separated from their parents to 3,000; about 100 are toddlers," 5 July 2018 Sixteen other adults had cleared their criminal background checks and were waiting for verification of their parentage, according to officials., "Trump appears to walk back 'zero tolerance' immigration policy as it rushes to reunite families," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of parentage

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for parentage

borrowed from Anglo-French, from parent parent entry 1 + -age -age

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English Language Learners Definition of parentage

formal : a person's parents


par·​ent·​age | \ ˈper-ən-tij \

Kids Definition of parentage

: a line of ancestors

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