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 family had kept his parentage a secret for decades. Peter Nicholas, The Atlantic, "The End of the Golden Era of Chess," 5 Sep. 2019 The product of thousands of years of history and multiple religious and geographic influences, the question of yoga’s parentage is a complex one. Joanna Slater, Washington Post, "Downward Dog on a submarine: the best images from India’s global celebration of yoga," 21 June 2019 But where a child’s parentage is known, the status of servitude passes down the generations. The Economist, "Everywhere in chains," 27 Aug. 2019 Two of the most convincing pieces of evidence testifying to the siblings’ parentage are a letter addressed to Aaron and a property deed in John Pierre’s name. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "155 Years After His Death, Abolitionist John Pierre Burr’s Epitaph Updated to Include His Father, Aaron Burr," 24 Aug. 2019 Maria’s protective brother, Sharks leader Bernardo (Armando Eleazar), points out that Tony (a top Jet) has Polish-immigrant parentage. James Hebert, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Youth, love and the corrosive power of prejudice loom large in Moonlight’s vibrant ‘West Side Story’," 15 Aug. 2019 Imagine a show about a brooding male lead whose confusion about his true parentage — caused by his father, who died before telling him the truth — causes him to develop feelings for his aunt. Abbey Maxbauer,, "R29 Binge Club: Netflix's Dark Season 2 Recap," 25 June 2019 At the same time, stratification has been reinforced in other contexts, as in the contrasting definitions of parentage among citizens and foreigners. The Conversation,, "Who’s is your daddy? It’s not all about DNA," 16 June 2019 Backed by the military and false claims of parentage, Julia Maesa managed to get her way. National Geographic, "The short reign of Elagabalus, Rome's hard-partying emperor," 19 Mar. 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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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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