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 In a partial victory for the ACLU, the judge said the government must settle any doubts about parentage before separating families by using DNA tests that deliver results in about 90 minutes. Author: Elliot Spagat, Anchorage Daily News, "Judge refuses to second-guess family separations at border," 14 Jan. 2020 As the nature of the situation becomes increasingly clear, Luke becomes increasingly desperate, eventually throwing himself down a space mineshaft rather than face the truth of his parentage. Lauren Morgan,, "Ranking the best lightsaber battles in Star Wars, from A New Hope to The Last Jedi," 19 Dec. 2019 The murder at the center of the show provided a mystery to anchor everything around, together with the less compelling questions about Ziggy’s (Iain Armitage) parentage and the bullying of Amabella (Ivy George). Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "In Defense of Big Little Lies’ Second Season," 22 July 2019 The question of Rey's parentage got answered, unexpectedly, with the revelation her family name didn't have to matter so much? Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "What to Watch (and Skip) In Theaters and on Netflix This Weekend," 18 Dec. 2019 In 1977, the Jan Sangh was dissolved, to be reborn as the BJP under Advani and Vajpayee’s parentage. Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, "LK Advani: Hindu nationalism’s original poster boy who could not reap what he sowed," 8 Nov. 2019 It’s unclear if director J.J. Abrams has made a course correction to Last Jedi writer-director Rian Johnson’s plan or there was always more to say about Rey’s parentage. James Hibberd,, "Daisy Ridley on The Rise of Skywalker: 'The parents thing is not satisfied'," 19 Nov. 2019 Roman citizenship was a complex concept that varied according to one’s gender, parentage, and social status. National Geographic, "In ancient Rome, citizenship was the path to power," 4 Nov. 2019 The ongoing separations are made for a variety of reasons: criminal history, communicable disease, fitness, dangerousness, doubts of parentage and criminal prosecution. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Judge to decide if government discretion should be curbed in ongoing family separations," 20 Sep. 2019

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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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The first known use of parentage was in the 15th century

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16 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Parentage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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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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