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

Examples of parentage in a Sentence

they were pleased that their son's girlfriend was of good parentage
Recent Examples on the Web This situation is not that uncommon, but the aspect that continually surprises me is why parentage is kept a secret. Tribune News Service, al, 1 June 2022 But by then, the rumors of Maria’s parentage had begun to circulate and the artist, who reviled Mr. Putin for his undercutting of democracy and violent crackdowns, demurred. New York Times, 13 May 2022 That trip sparks all kind of questions about Violet’s past, Robert’s parentage, and the legitimacy of his title, Lord Grantham. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 25 Apr. 2022 Ukrainians have moved increasingly toward a civic understanding of Ukrainian identity, centered on citizenship as opposed to parentage. Amelia Glaser, CNN, 26 Mar. 2022 Chemnick had been double-checking the parentage of each chick that had hatched since the program began, using DNA obtained from blood samples. Sara Harrison, Wired, 28 Oct. 2021 Although 23andMe was not designed specifically to help people confirm parentage or find biological parents, our DNA Relatives tool does help people find and connect with participating genetic relatives. NBC News, 9 Jan. 2022 Even on the streets of the capital, Pyongyang, where criticizing the Kim dynasty is verboten, whispers arose about his youth, inexperience and murky parentage. Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times, 16 Dec. 2021 As the khawaja sira community replaces the biological family, bringing proof of parentage to register for CNIC proves difficult. Rida Qadri, Wired, 11 Nov. 2021 See More

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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 25 Jun. 2022.

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

Kids Definition of parentage

: a line of ancestors

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