parenthood

noun
par·ent·hood | \ˈper-ənt-ˌhu̇d \

Definition of parenthood 

: the state of being a parent specifically : the position, function, or standing of a parent

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms for parenthood

Synonyms

parenting

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of parenthood in a Sentence

parenthood is a difficult task requiring great commitment

Recent Examples on the Web

The story of how the two of them came to be in the United States involves years of difficult single parenthood in Guatemala, with both economic setbacks and threats of violence from the rising lawlessness in her community. Miriam Jordan, New York Times, "‘I Can’t Go Without My Son,’ a Mother Pleaded as She Was Deported to Guatemala," 17 June 2018 Collette is fabulous throughout, giving an intense performance of the guilt, grief, anger, and abiding love that come with parenthood. Katherine Fusco, The Atlantic, "Hereditary and the Monstrousness of Creative Moms," 11 July 2018 This iconic family — Dan, Jackie, Darlene, Becky, and D.J. — grapples with parenthood, dating, an unexpected pregnancy, financial pressures, aging, and in-laws in working-class America. Lynette Rice, EW.com, "Roseanne Barr has agreed to do an interview with… herself," 10 July 2018 This plays out in all arenas: romance, beefs, parenthood. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Why Drake Can’t Pull Off Being the ‘Good Guy’," 5 July 2018 Literally over their heads, on a bluff where houses sell for $10 million, live entrepreneur Mitchell and haute jewelry designer Adrienne, whom parenthood has simply thrown for a loop. Tony Adler, Chicago Reader, "In Cry It Out, four new parents learn what to expect when they're no longer expecting," 23 May 2018 Planned parenthood has the highest unfavorable numbers among Republicans (60%), Donald Trump voters (59%), and white Evangelicals (57%). Grace Sparks, CNN, "A majority supports abortion rights, but paying for them is tricky," 18 May 2018 And there is no denying the close connection between single parenthood and child poverty in America. Isabel Sawhill, National Review, "Sorry, NYT: For Child Poverty, Family Structure Still Matters," 13 Feb. 2018 But then came soccer—late, as with many Gen-Xers, but suddenly, and strangely, through parenthood. Brad Rickman, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Loneliness of the American Soccer Fan," 15 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'parenthood.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of parenthood

1853, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about parenthood

Share parenthood

Statistics for parenthood

Last Updated

16 Oct 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for parenthood

The first known use of parenthood was in 1853

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for parenthood

parenthood

noun

English Language Learners Definition of parenthood

: the state of being a mother or a father

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on parenthood

What made you want to look up parenthood? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

one that holds something together

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Roman Mythology Quiz

  • the-triumph-of-venus-by-alessandro-magnasco
  • Boreal comes from the name of the ancient Greek god of which wind?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!