par·​ent·​age | \ ˈper-ən-tij How to pronounce parentage (audio) \

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
Recent Examples on the Web During the drafting process, our committee’s work centered on cases of de-facto parental figures (such as stepparents) and on the need to recognize legal parentage in order to avoid harming the child. The New Yorker, "The Mail," 5 Apr. 2021 The Trump administration defended those cases, citing parental criminal records or doubts as to parentage. Kristina Davis, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Biden’s task force explores legal status for separated migrant families. It could get complicated.," 7 Mar. 2021 The story of Christmas is an enthralling one: a baby born of humble parentage, swaddled in cloths and cradled in a manger, is the Messiah. Michael Luo, The New Yorker, "An Advent Lament in the Pandemic," 20 Dec. 2020 After three years of protest against the TPLF’s iron-fisted rule, the coalition had hoped Abiy’s parentage -- Oromo and Amhara, the two largest of Ethiopia’s ethnic groups -- would calm passions. Simon Marks,, "Ethiopia's Leader Won a Nobel Prize, but Can He Make Peace?," 18 Dec. 2020 The stories of Todd and Marv Marinovich are canon in the history of sports parentage. Ryan Kartje, Los Angeles Times, "Marv Marinovich, captain of USC’s 1962 national title team, dies at 81," 4 Dec. 2020 In Huxley’s vision, the family is virtually abolished, with the mores underpinning it — dual parentage, reproduction linked to intercourse — now regarded as disgusting. Jack Butler, National Review, "Orwell, Huxley, and Us," 25 Oct. 2020 Given his Afro-Cuban parentage, Maceo took pride in his position as a public symbol of the potential for racial equality in Cuba. Griffin Black, Scientific American, "The Whitewashing of Black Genius," 12 Oct. 2020 Christo was born in Bulgaria in 1935, and his parentage anticipated his subsequent career: His father was the manager of a fabric factory, and his mother was a secretary at the Academy of Fine Arts in Sofia, Bulgaria. Philip Terzian, Washington Examiner, "Christo Vladimirov Javacheff, 1935-2020," 4 June 2020

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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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“Parentage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of parentage

formal : a person's parents


par·​ent·​age | \ ˈper-ən-tij How to pronounce parentage (audio) \

Kids Definition of parentage

: a line of ancestors

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