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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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 However, understanding Camille's parentage is crucial to understanding, well — just about everything in Sharp Objects., "Who Is Camille's Father In Sharp Objects?," 9 July 2018 Reunification takes time because HHS must first confirm parentage and then vet parents to be sure there is no violent or criminal history, Mr. Azar said. Stephanie Armour, WSJ, "HHS Secretary Seeks to Reassure Lawmakers on Family Separation Policy," 26 June 2018 Hence, the Season 7 finale may finally confirm Jon's true parentage. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Game of Thrones Season Finale Title Teases the Reveal We've Been Waiting For," 22 Aug. 2017 My starting point: Everyone in Cambridge assumed that the factory probably made Tootsie Rolls or Tootsie Pops — or maybe both — given its corporate parentage. Scott Kirsner,, "Every Junior Mint in the world is made at this secretive factory in Cambridge," 4 May 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

: a person's parents


par·ent·age | \ˈper-ən-tij \

Kids Definition of parentage

: a line of ancestors

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