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

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The only way to tell if this claim was true was to carry out a DNA parentage test. Denise Hruby, National Geographic, "This Amazon bird’s eggs are black-market gold. Here’s why.," 5 June 2019 The only people who do know Jon's true parentage are Bran Stark (thanks to his greensight as the Three-Eyed Raven) and Samwell Tarly (thanks to his research in the citadel). Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jon Snow Learns His True Identity in Game of Thrones the Season 8 Premiere," 15 Apr. 2019 But if parentage can be proved through other official means, Sabraw said, that was enough. Brittny Mejia,, "Trump administration reunites just over half of migrant children under 5 with parents, says others are 'ineligible'," 12 July 2018 But if parentage can be proven through other official means, then Sabraw said that was enough. Kristina Davis,, "Trump administration says detained parents must decide whether to keep families intact," 10 July 2018 Our Constitution attempted to end the determination of a person’s value by his or her parentage or ancestral land of origin. WSJ, "How Identity Politics Admissions Hurts Most College Students," 14 Feb. 2019 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

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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 How to pronounce parentage (audio) \

Kids Definition of parentage

: a line of ancestors

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having a desire to acquire more things

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