Definition of parent
1a : one that begets or brings forth offspring just became parents of twinsb : a person who brings up and cares for another foster parents
2a : an animal or plant that is regarded in relation to its offspring The parent brings food to the chicks.b : the material or source from which something is derived Latin is the parent of several languages.c : a group from which another arises and to which it usually remains subsidiary a parent company
parentalplay \pə-ˈren-təl\ adjective
parentallyplay \pə-ˈren-təl-ē\ adverb
parentlessplay \ˈper-ənt-ləs\ adjective
Examples of parent in a sentence
My parents live in New York.
The form must be signed by a parent or guardian of the child.
The parent brings food to the chicks.
The new plant will have characteristics of both parent plants.
Origin and Etymology of parent
Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin parent-, parens; akin to Latin parere to give birth to
First Known Use: 15th century
First Known Use of parent
PARENT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of parent for English Language Learners
: a person who is a father or mother : a person who has a child
: an animal or plant that produces a young animal or plant
: something out of which another thing has developed
PARENT Defined for Kids
Definition of parent for Students
1 : a father or mother of a child
2 : an animal or plant that produces offspring
Legal Definition of parent
1a : a person who begets or brings forth offspring; especially : the natural parents of a child born of their marriage b : a person who legally adopts a child c : a person or entity that owes to a child a legally imposed duty of support d : a stepparent where designated by statute
2 : an entity or group that gives rise to or acquires another usually subsidiary entity or group a parent company; specifically : a corporation that owns a required minimum percentage of the stock of another corporation — compare affiliate
parental\pə-ˈren-təl\ play adjective
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