par·​ent·​hood ˈper-ənt-ˌhu̇d How to pronounce parenthood (audio)
: the state of being a parent
specifically : the position, function, or standing of a parent

Example Sentences

parenthood is a difficult task requiring great commitment
Recent Examples on the Web Sharna Burgess is opening up about parenthood as a mom to 4-month-old baby boy Zane Walker. Shafiq Najib, Peoplemag, 7 Nov. 2022 Unsurprisingly, Kaley wasn't the only one ecstatic about parenthood. Adrianna Freedman, Good Housekeeping, 12 Oct. 2022 Working for like-minded leaders who understand the demands of parenthood goes a long way to ensure your long-term success within an organization. Bycaroline Fairchild, Fortune, 14 Nov. 2022 The movie is suffused with both love and guilt, a complex portrayal of parenthood with an embittered view of the costs of assimilation. David Sims, The Atlantic, 2 Nov. 2022 In our early days of parenthood, when our infant daughter was too colicky to settle down for the night, my wife and I tried everything before getting Frank Sinatra to help. Danny Heitman, WSJ, 25 Oct. 2022 Christensen and Mingus previously partnered up with Victoria's Secret for its Mother's Day campaign celebrating the strengths of moms through all stages of parenthood. Michelle Lee, Peoplemag, 13 Oct. 2022 For those past the initial stages of parenthood, consider what their hobbies are. Laura Lajiness Kaupke, Glamour, 10 Oct. 2022 Birth control gave me the power to plan my parenthood. Altimese Nichole, Glamour, 24 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1853, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of parenthood was in 1853

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“Parenthood.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

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